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Sex Offenders

  1. Terence W. Campbell

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0849

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Campbell, T. W. 2010. Sex Offenders. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Sterling Heights, MI

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


In response to public outrage evoked by highly publicized sexual assaults, 19 states have enacted sexually violent person (SVP) statutes (Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin). These laws mandate a civil hearing to determine whether a sex offender should be committed and confined indefinitely for treatment. Texas's SVP statute is unique in that it places committed offenders into supervised community settings.


  • child abuse;
  • criminal behavior;
  • sex offenders;
  • sexual deviation