The management of sex offenders in the community: from policy to practice

Day, Andrew, Carson, Ed, Boni, Nadia, and Hobbs, Gaynor (2014) The management of sex offenders in the community: from policy to practice. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 49 (3). pp. 249-264.

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This paper provides an overview of the most significant public policy initiatives that apply to known sexual offenders who live in the community. It is argued that while registration schemes, community notification, and offender residency restrictions have become a prominent feature of contemporary sex offender policy, the evidence base supporting their implementation is, at best, limited. There is a need to develop policies which are more tailored to the needs of individual offenders and which are explicitly designed to manage risk. Policies which mandate and facilitate interagency and partnership working represent one way in which individualised and research-informed approaches can be developed. It is suggested that the implementation of this type of approach may ultimately lead to more effective community responses to preventing sexual reoffending than those which rely solely on monitoring and supervision.

Item ID: 47186
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-4655
Keywords: sex offender, registration and notification, partnership, inter-agency
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940402 Crime Prevention @ 100%
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