Traditionally, courts have punished those convicted of possessing child pornography with heavy jail time. But in a growing trend, victims are demanding that offenders pay restitution too. The approach is generating debate about how far courts can go in punishing people who are caught with pornography, but aren’t the direct perpetrators of the crime.


  • Jonathan Turley Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University; practicing defense attorney
  • Steve Kelly Attorney with the Maryland law firm Miles & Stockbridge and Commissioner on the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
  • Ernie Allen President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

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