Outing sexual offenders in prison

Ian V. McPhail

Individuals who commit sexual crimes are a vilified group, both in the community and in prisons, which shouldn’t be a surprising statement. Most of us are familiar with methods used to “out” these individuals in the community, especially in places with public sex offender registries. We likely have read stories of posters being put up in neighbourhoods in the US in order to “out” these individuals and warn those living there that this person represents a threat (when in fact a not-so-familiar refrain holds more true: perpetrators are more likely to be know by the victims than they are to be strangers).

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