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24 p.

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Sage Publications

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Criminal Justice Policy Review

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doi: 10.1177/0887403413511633


Many states passed legislation in the 1990s to address the problem of violent sex offenders. While academic inquiries into the nature and extent of sexual offending have revealed some interesting findings, very little is known regarding how communities address the issue of managing violent sex offenders. This account documents how the state of Wisconsin attempted to manage violent sex offenders once released from prison and civilly committed under a sexually violent person statute. It chronicles the experience of a committee charged with locating possible sites for a facility for sexual predators under supervised release to the community. In addition, this account shows the problematic nature of implementing a state statute in a large county and identifies barriers inherent to this process. The concept of political failure is introduced to describe why sex offender legislation is difficult to implement.


Accepted version. Criminal Justice Policy Review, Vol. 25, No. 6 (November 2014): 659-682. DOI. © 2014 SAGE Publications. Used with permission.

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