Rehabilitating Criminal Sexual Psychopaths: Legislative Mandates, Clinical Quandaries

Author:   Nathaniel J. Pallone
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Inc
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9780887383403


Pages:   140
Publication Date:   30 January 1990
Format:   Hardback
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More than half the states in this country have legislation on sex offenders that distinguishes between those whose offense is incidental to other offenses ( felony sexual offenders), and those who engage in repetitive, habitual, or compulsive sex offenses ( criminal sexual psychopaths ). This second category is the subject of this book. The legislation specifies that criminal sexual psychopaths must be treated, not punished. But treatment is problematic; the literature on various approaches finds uncertainty about the effectiveness of treatment. Pallone asks the difficult question of whether there is a prospective right to effective treatment, and notes the political and ethical questions involved in potentially more effective Clockwork Orange approaches. The ethical burden on mental health clinicians is heavy; despite the fact that the category sexual psychopath is essentially a legal, not a psychiatric category, judges tend to follow professional recommendations as to categorization. Pallone emerges with some surprising but convincing conclusions. If the distinction between felony and psychopathic sexual offender is essentially empty, as the profession feels it is, it should be abandoned. All criminal sexual offenders should be punished, except those who opt for treatment and who are certified by mental health professionals as likely to benefit. And for those few so identified, society should be prepared to commit significant resources to their treatment. This speculation on the past, present, and future of criminal sexual deviation comes from a psychologists with a broad command of the literature and deep professional experience in the area. Combining a broad-ranging overview of the legal, criminological, and psychiatric literature on these questions, Rehabilitating Criminal Sexual Psychopaths raises important questions. Legal experts, criminologists, mental health professionals, and all those concerned with public policy will find it significant.

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Author:   Nathaniel J. Pallone
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Inc
Imprint:   Transaction Publishers
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9780887383403


ISBN 10:   0887383408
Pages:   140
Publication Date:   30 January 1990
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Temporarily unavailable   Availability explained
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-A distinguished forensic psychologist at Rutgers University, Pallone has extensive experience in the classification and treatment of sex offenders, chairing the classification review board for New Jersey's Department of Corrections . . . [Pallone] argues for -aggressive- hospital-based, labor-intensive, relatively shorter treatments, against psychoactive medications, and against -standard- longer-term, corrections-based, nonlabor-intensive treatments. Excellent.- --C. S. Widom, Choice A distinguished forensic psychologist at Rutgers University, Pallone has extensive experience in the classification and treatment of sex offenders, chairing the classification review board for New Jersey's Department of Corrections . . . [Pallone] argues for aggressive hospital-based, labor-intensive, relatively shorter treatments, against psychoactive medications, and against standard longer-term, corrections-based, nonlabor-intensive treatments. Excellent. --C. S. Widom, Choice A distinguished forensic psychologist at Rutgers University, Pallone has extensive experience in the classification and treatment of sex offenders, chairing the classification review board for New Jersey's Department of Corrections... [Pallone] argues for aggressive hospital-based, labor-intensive, relatively shorter treatments, against psychoactive medications, and against standard longer-term, corrections-based, nonlabor-intensive treatments. Excellent. --C. S. Widom, Choice A distinguished forensic psychologist at Rutgers University, Pallone has extensive experience in the classification and treatment of sex offenders, chairing the classification review board for New Jersey's Department of Corrections... [Pallone] argues for aggressive hospital-based, labor-intensive, relatively shorter treatments, against psychoactive medications, and against standard longer-term, corrections-based, nonlabor-intensive treatments. Excellent. --C. S. Widom, Choice


<p> A distinguished forensic psychologist at Rutgers University, Pallone has extensive experience in the classification and treatment of sex offenders, chairing the classification review board for New Jersey's Department of Corrections... [Pallone] argues for aggressive hospital-based, labor-intensive, relatively shorter treatments, against psychoactive medications, and against standard longer-term, corrections-based, nonlabor-intensive treatments. Excellent. <p> --C. S. Widom, Choice


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Nathaniel J. Pallone (1935-2004) was university distinguished professor of psychology at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University. He served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. His published works include Mental Disorder among Prisoners.

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