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date: 26 January 2021

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This article studies the development of punishment policies for sex offenders. It observes the difficulty of creating treatment and management strategies for the surveillance of sex offenders, especially when these define a broad group. It then reviews some relevant treatment literature, which determines that it is not very promising for more serious sex offenders, since the interventions that have been tried so far have not decreased reoffending. However, these interventions appear to reassure the public.

Keywords: punishment policies, sex offenders, treatment strategies, management strategies, surveillance, reoffending, interventions

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