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Taylor & Francis
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
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Crimes are multifaceted events that are not adequately explained with basic descriptors, yet a considerable amount of significance is afforded to relatively few simplistic labels that make up the contemporary “scarlet letter.” Today's criminal records create a lifetime of stigmatization for a person. These public records employ a limited range of information. By acknowledging the deleterious effects of even one documented criminal event on an individual's self-concept and status in society, we cannot avoid being faced with a serious moral dilemma in light of society's prevalent reliance upon electronic criminal records. The electronic brand carried for life poses great challenges to offender rehabilitation and reintegration.
Murphy, Daniel S.; Fuleihan, Brian; Richards, Stephan C.; and Jones, Richard S., "The Electronic “Scarlet Letter”: Criminal Backgrounding and a Perpetual Spoiled Identity" (2011). Social and Cultural Sciences Faculty Research and Publications. 124.
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