Types of Punishment

Laws affecting sex offenders may address the following:


  1. Prison
  2. Capital Punishment


  1. Civil Commitment
  2. GPS Tracking and Electronic Surveillance
  3. Computer Monitoring
  4. Residency Restrictions
  5. Public Registries and Community Notification

Aims of Punishment

Laws designed to punish criminals typically have one or more of the following goals: 

  1. retribution - to harm the offender for the harm he has caused others
  2. incapacitation - to prevent future crimes by the offender
  3. deterrence - to deter others from engaging in similar acts
  4. restitution - to make reparations to the victim
  5. rehabilitation - to make the offender a better citizen