Sexual offenders are one of the larger problems in the criminal justice system today, particularly with regard to recidivism rates, which are extremely high among sexual offenders. Due to these problems, judges are increasingly imposing 'shaming' probation conditions. Shaming penalties include requiring sex offenders to put signs in their yards and bumper stickers on their cars identifying themselves as convicted sex offenders. This comment examines these shaming penalties in the context of the constitutional issues that they raise, and their effectiveness in rehabilitating the convicted offender and protecting the public. The comment concludes that shaming penalties are an inappropriate and ineffective method of rehabilitating offenders and protecting the public, and should not be used.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Jenkins, Kenya A.
""Shaming" Probation Penalties and the Sexual Offender: A Dangerous Combination,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 23:
1, Article 2.
Kenya A. Jenkins, Comment, "Shaming" Probation Penalties and the Sexual Offender: A Dangerous Combination, 23 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 81 (2002).