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Monday, July 11, 2016

Hessick on Refining Child Pornography Law

Carissa Byrne Hessick (University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law) has posted Introduction: Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (Michigan Univ. Press 2016) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This is a page proof of the Introduction to Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (Michigan Univ. Press 2016), which presents the work of experts in law, sociology, and social work who study child pornography law and its consequences. The legal definition of child pornography is, at best, unclear. In part because of this ambiguity and in part because of the nature of the crime itself, the prosecution and sentencing of perpetrators, the protection of and restitution for victims, and the means for preventing repeat offenses are deeply controversial. This edited volume clarifies the questions surrounding child pornography law and begins to formulate answers. Focusing on the roles of language and crime definition, the contributors discuss the increasing visibility child pornography plays in the national conversation about child safety, and present a range of views regarding the punishment of those who produce, distribute, and possess materials that may be considered child pornography. The Introduction includes brief summaries of subsequent chapters.

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