The Electronic ‘‘Scarlet Letter’’: Criminal Backgrounding and a Perpetual

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Daniel S. Murphy Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Crimes are multifaceted events that are not adequately explained with basic descriptors, yet a considerable amount of significance is afforded to relatively few simplistic labels that make up the contemporary ‘‘scarlet letter.’’ Today’s criminal records create a lifetime of stigmatization for a person. These public records employ a limited range of information. By acknowledging the deleterious effects of even one documented criminal event on an individual’s self-concept and status in society, we cannot avoid being faced with a serious moral dilemma in light of society’s prevalent reliance upon electronic criminal records. The electronic brand carried for life poses great challenges to offender rehabilitation and reintegration.

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DANIEL S. MURPHY, BRIAN FULEIHAN, STEPHEN C. RICHARDS, RICHARD S. JONES(2011) The Electronic ‘‘Scarlet Letter’’: Criminal Backgrounding and a Perpetual Spoiled Identity. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation ( 50: 3, 101-118) ISSN(1050-9674) DOI (10.1080/10509674)
Language: English
Date: 2011
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