There is relatively little known about how criminal justice system actors perceive sex offenders and the fairness, efficacy, and scope of policies aimed at sex offenders. Similarly, there is sparse research that specifically examines the attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of prison wardens.
Following in the footsteps of earlier research (Tewksbury & Mustaine, 2011; Tewksbury, Mustaine, & Payne, 2011, in press), the present study addresses these gaps by considering the attitudes and beliefs toward sex offenders held by wardens.
This examination includes perceptions about sex offenders as prison inmates, sex offender registration, community notification, and residency restrictions. Further, this research assesses the utility of the 18-item Community Attitudes Toward Sex Offenders (CATSO) scale (Church, Wakeman, Miller, Clements, & Sun, 2008), which was advocated for use with criminal justice system actors, to determine whether or not the instrument can be effectively utilized with wardens.
Findings and policy implications are discussed. ..Source.. by David Patrick Connor, B.A., Northern Kentucky University. A thesis with help of Richard Tewksbury, Thesis Director
Prison-based Sex Offender Treatment Programs
Table 4 presents prison wardens’ attitudes and beliefs regarding institutional sex offender treatment programs. Among wardens, most (83.6%) feel that changing the behavior of sex offenders is a significant challenge facing correctional administrators. A majority (71.6%) believes that their jurisdiction provides effective sex offender treatment programs for incarcerated sex offenders. However, more than one-half (62.7%) do not believe that sex offender treatment programs are more effective in prison environments than community settings. At the same time, most (84.9%) feel that sex offender treatment programs should be designed around individual offenders as opposed to being standardized treatment programs.