Sex Offender Management publications
This article, developed by the Council of State Governments, focuses on the advantages of and challenges associated with electronic monitoring devices. The article advocates the use of rational, evidence-based practices to most effectively protect our communities against sex-related crimes.
This guide, funded by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides tribal probation personnel with information on how the screening and assessment process can facilitate and promote offender accountability and long-term behavior change.
A Ten-Step Guide to Transforming Probation Departments to Reduce Recidivism. This guide draws extensively on the experience of a multi-year effort in Travis County, Texas (Austin), to implement each of the four recidivism reduction practices. The fieldwork in Travis County emerged from an on-the-ground reality: Although much had been written about evidence-based practices in parole agencies, little or no research had been conducted on how the individual elements of effective probation practices can be used together to produce positive agency-wide outcomes. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.
This report his report reveals information about dynamic risk factors for sex offender recidivism. The study provides evidence that trained community supervision officers can reliably score valid and useful sex offender risk assessments.
This activity book, distributed by the Office for Victims of Crime, contains games, puzzles, and information designed to instruct children on the jobs performed by tribal and federal court personnel.
This report, written by the Minnesota Department of Corrections at the request of the Minnesota Legislature, explores the impact of residence restrictions and other management strategies for high risk sex offenders. The report includes a number of recommendations regarding how the Minnesota should improve the management of these offenders.
Managing Adult Sex Offenders in the Community: A Containment Approach, Research in Brief (January 1997). This National Institute of Justice Research Brief discusses results of a national telephone survey identifying how probation and parole agencies managed adult sex offenders and a description of a model management process for containing sex offenders serving community sentences.
Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy. This tool kit has been designed as a guide and self-assessment tool for policing personnel and their partners to help reduce repeat crimes and facilitate successful reintegration by the more than 700,000 individuals who return to our communities from prisons each year and the more than 9 million from jails. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in partnership with the Police Executive Research Forum, with financial support from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice.
Public Hearing on Victim Issues in Probation and Parole Recommendation Report (August 2010). The report, funded and distributed by the Office for Victims of Crime, summarizes comments from the panel of crime victims and survivors and provides 10 recommendations for improving services to victims and survivors throughout the community corrections process.
Reentry Housing Options: The Policymakers' Guide. This guide provides practical steps that lawmakers and others can take to increase public safety through better access to affordable housing for individuals released to the community. The guide provides an overview of several commonly accessed housing options and their benefits and limitations. It also examines three distinct approaches to increasing the availability of these housing options: improving access, increasing housing stock and revitalizing neighborhoods. Examples are also provided of how each approach has been put into action by particular programs. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.
Reentry Partnerships: A Guide for States & Faith-Based and Community Organizations. The Justice Center, with funding support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, U.S. Department of Labor, developed a guide that offers practical recommendations for how state government officials and community-based service providers can better use limited resources to help people released from prisons and jails successfully and safely rejoin neighborhoods and families.
This document summarizes the research that the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management, conducted on the safety issues raised by the living arrangements of sex offenders in the community. The research focused on two key questions: (1) Do the living arrangements of sex offenders, including Shared Living Arrangements, have an impact on community safety? (2) Do the locations of sex offender residences, specifically in proximity to schools and childcare centers, have an impact on community safety?
This report, developed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, summarizes the results of a study conducted in Minnesota to examine the potential deterrent effect of sex offender residence restrictions. The study analyzes the sexual re-offense patterns of 224 recidivists who were released from prisons in Minnesota between 1990 and 2002 and who were re-incarcerated for a sex crime.
The United States Department of Justice’s SMART Office developed the Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI) to assess the state of research and practice in sex offender management. Recommendations stemming from SOMAPI inform this new report on adult sex offenders and juveniles who commit sex offenses.
This document, developed by the Council of State Governments, provides an overview of sex offenders and a detailed review of the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. It also discusses issues related to compliance with the Act that jurisdictions are currently addressing and notable legal challenges to it. The resource also reviews what is known about the effectiveness of registration laws and residency restrictions for sex offenders, and provides a state-by-state review of sex offender-related laws.
This public policy brief, written by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, defines what a sex offender residence restriction is, provides historical information on the use of these restrictions, lists the states where these restrictions have been implemented, and summarizes the research that has been conducted on the impact of these restrictions. The document also briefly describes research-supported management practices with sex offenders and includes a list of resource documents.
This resource is a statement on sex offender residence restrictions that was written by the Iowa County Attorneys Association (ICAA). The document explains that basis for ICCA's conclusion that Iowa's 2,000 foot residence restriction for sex offenders does not provide the protection that was originally intended, and that the cost of enforcing the restriction and the unintended effects on families of offenders warrant replacing the restriction with more effective protective measures.
This document contains supplemental guidelines, developed by the Office of the Attorney General, for the implementation of SORNA. The matters addressed in these regulations include certain aspects of website posting of sex offender information, sharing sex offender registry information, the Attorney General's Office's review process for determining whether jurisdictions have adequately implemented SORNA, the types of sex offenders that must be registered by jurisdictions retroactively, and how newly federally recognized tribes should be treated after the enactment of SORNA.
This report was funded by the National Institute of Justice. In examining the applicability of polygraph to postconviction management of high-risk domestic-violence probationers, this study tested whether polygraph provides information about risky behaviors unknown to criminal justice personnel that is predictive of additional near-term arrests.
These case management protocols were developed by the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (VDJJ). The purpose of these protocols is to improve the consistency and effectiveness of community supervision and management of juvenile sex offenders across the state. VDJJ has authorized the broader dissemination of these guidelines to the juvenile sex offender management field in hope that they will be of assistance to legal and clinical professionals working in other states.
The Impact of Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders and Correctional Management Practices: A Literature Review. This report, compiled at the request of the California state legislature, describes local ordinances and state statutes restricting where a sex offender may reside, discusses what research has found so far about the success of these restrictions, considers the impact that these restrictions are having on criminal justice management practices and sex offender treatment regimens, and examines constitutional implications.
This document defines electronic monitoring technology and its uses; discusses law enforcement involvement with electronic monitoring technology; provides examples of electronic monitoring technology; outlines the benefits and concerns of electronic monitoring technology, and highlights key considerations for the law enforcement community.
This report, prepared by VERA pursuant to a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides an overview of sex offender treatment and rehabilitation programs as well as a comparative assessment of their effectiveness. This report further provides an overview and analysis of existing treatment and reentry practices for sex offenders who are involved with the criminal justice system. It focuses, specifically, on four broad areas of practice: treatment in prison, treatment under community supervision, reentry programming, and community supervision.
This is a white paper, authored by the Colorado Department of Public Safety, which discusses the effectiveness of residency restrictions during sex offender management.
This report identifies 10 key components found in successful initiatives to improve outcomes for people with mental illnesses under probation supervision. This first-of-its-kind report provides specific recommendations to probation and mental health policymakers and practitioners for effectively responding to this population's complex treatment and service needs while improving public safety and health. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with financial support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.