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Ackerman, Alissa R. & Sacks, Meghan. (2016). Introduction to Criminal Justice: A Personal Narrative Approach. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Ackerman, Alissa R. & Furman, Rich. (2015). Sex Crimes: Transnational Problems and Global Perspectives. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. 

Ackerman, Alissa R. & Furman, Rich (eds.). (2014). The Criminalization of Immigration: Contexts and Consequences.  Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Academic Articles on Sex Crimes Policy:

Sacks, Meghan, Ackerman, Alissa R., & Shlosberg, Amy. (in press). Rape Myths in the Media: A Content Analysis of Local Newspaper Reporting in the United States. Deviant Behavior.

Harris, Danielle A., Ackerman, Alissa R., & Haley, Molly. (2017). Losing my religion: An exploration of religion and spirituality in men who claim to have desisted from sexual offending. Criminal Justice Studies, 30, 101-116.

Levenson, Jill & Ackerman, Alissa R. (2016). The Relationship between Sex Offender Height and Pedophilic Interest. Deviant Behavior.

Ackerman, Alissa R. & Burns, Marshall (2016). Bad Data: How Government Agencies Distort Statistics on Sex-Crime Recidivism.  Justice Policy Journal, 13, 1-23.

Ackerman, Alissa R. (2014). National estimates of registered sex offenders in the United States: Is double counting a problem? American Journal of Criminal Justice.

Levenson, Jill, Ackerman, Alissa R., & Harris, Andrew J. (2014). Catch me if you can: An analysis of fugitive sex offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 26, 129-148.

Socia, Kelly M., Levenson, Jill S., Ackerman, Alissa R. & Harris, Andrew J. (2014). Brothers Under the Bridge’: Factors Influencing the Transience of Registered Sex Offenders in Florida. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.

Levenson, Jill S., Ackerman, Alissa R. Socia, Kelly M., & Harris, Andrew J. (2013). Wherefore art thou? Transient Sex Offenders and Residence Restrictions. Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Ackerman, Alissa R., Sacks, Meghan & *Osier, Lindsay. (2013). The experiences of registered sex offenders with Internet registries in three states. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 52(1), 29-45.

Harris, Andrew J., Levenson, Jill S., & Ackerman, Alissa R. (2012). Registered Sex Offenders in the U.S.: Behind the Numbers. Crime and Delinquency. 

Ackerman, Alissa R., Levenson, Jill S., & Harris, Andrew J. (2012).  How many sex offenders really live among us? Adjusted counts and population rates in five U.S. states. Journal of Crime and Justice. 

Ackerman, Alissa R. & Sacks, Meghan. (2012). Can General Strain Theory be used to explain recidivism among registered sex offenders? Journal of Criminal Justice, 40(3), 187-193.

Ackerman, Alissa R., Sacks, Meghan, & Greenberg, David (2012).  Legislation Targeting Sex Offenders: Are Recent Policies Effective in Reducing Rape?  Justice Quarterly, 29(6), 858-887.

Ackerman, Alissa R., Harris, Andrew, Levenson, Jill, & Zgoba, Kristen. (2011). Who are the people in your neighborhood? A descriptive analysis of individuals on public sex offender registries. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 34, 149–159.

Katz, Stacey M., Levenson, Jill S., & Ackerman, Alissa. R. (2008). Myths and facts about sexual violence: Public perceptions and implications for prevention. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 15(3). 291-311.

Terry, Karen J. & Ackerman, Alissa R. (2008). Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: How Situational Crime Prevention Strategies Can Help Create Safe Environments. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35, 643-657.

Other Selected Writings on Sexual Violence:

Ackerman, Alissa R. (2016). An Unlikely Bond. Psychology Today. 

Levenson, Jill & Ackerman, Alissa R. (2016). The Stanford Rape Case: Are We Having the Wrong Conversation? Psychology Today Guest Blog available at

Ackerman, Alissa R. & Cubellis, Michelle.  (2014). Leaders in Sex Offender Research and Policy. In Wright, R.G. (Ed.).  Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies New Directions. New York, NY: Springer.