Crime & Public Shaming

Rosen, David

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  15/04/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19308

Shaming is one of the oldest forms of social regulation and, in the U.S., has long been employed to enforce social order -- specifically to fight crime and suppress unacceptable beliefs and practices. Today, there is an apparent rise of public shaming either as an alternative or supplement to incarceration. On February 8th, 2016, Pres. Obama signed the “International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking” (H.R. 515), the first law in U.S. history in which a special symbol will be placed on a citizen's U.S. passport to identify that the individual was convicted of a sex crime.

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