Emily Horowitz is professor and chair of the sociology and criminal justice department at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, where she founded a program that helps the formerly incarcerated complete college.
She researches the causes and consequences of fears and hysteria surrounding child protection, and frequently writes about inflammatory media coverage of sex offenders and child abusers, as well as miscarriages of justice related to irrationality about child safety. She serves as a board member for the National Center for Reason and Justice, a national organization that advocates in criminal cases involving those falsely accused and wrongfully convicted of crimes against children, and the Alliance for the Constitutional Reform of Sex Offense Laws, an organization that educates and litigates laws that undermine the civil rights of those convicted of sex offenses and their families.
Horowitz is the author of Protecting Our Kids?: How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us (2015) and co-editor of Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and Sex Offenses (2017). Horowitz has a PhD in sociology from Yale University and an AB in History from Bard College.
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