This is a study looking at the attitudes that undergraduate college students taking introductory sociology and criminology courses have toward sex offender policies and laws such as community notification, residence restrictions, and the registry system. Voluntary participants were also asked to look at the appropriateness of the punishment given to perpetrators in case studies based off real cases. Results showed that there are potential gender differences in the attitudes about appropriateness of notification and the registration of sex offenders. There were less favorable attitudes toward chemical and surgical castration. Further research should be done to look at different types of sex offenders and with a sample of students in other areas of the country.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
James Kanan, Matt Pruitt
Criminology | Psychology | Sociology
Bennett, Amber, "Student Attitudes Toward Sex Offender Policies and Laws in an Era of High Profile Sex Crimes in the News" (2018). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 771.