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The Center for Sex Offender Management is producing a series of policy and practice briefs, fact sheets, and resource documents that address critical topics in the area of effective sex offender management. These publications provide an overview of emerging practices in the field, a discussion of the benefits and limitations of such practices, and advance a common language and understanding in the field. These publications are distributed nationally through direct mailings and through the major national criminal justice libraries; new publications will be added to this Web site as they become available. The publications listed below are currently available for download (if you are unable to download any of these, please send a message with your contact information to lgilligan@cepp.com, indicating the document you would like to receive and we will send you a complimentary copy by mail).

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Managing Juvenile Sex Offense Cases: Keys to Informed Decisionmaking
This curriculum is designed to provide practical information to juvenile and family court judges about youth who engage in sexually abusive behavior, and to enhance their day-to-day decisionmaking in these challenging cases.

Legislative Trends in Sex Offender Management
This resource document provides lawmakers and other interested parties, such as agency directors, court officials, and criminal justice practitioners with an overview of legislative trends in sex offender management, the intended objectives of the laws, and key research exploring the impact of these policy initiatives.

Twenty Strategies for Advancing Sex Offender Management in Your Jurisdiction
This document offers evidence-based and promising strategies for policymakers interested in advancing adult and juvenile sex offender management in their jurisdictions.  In addition to providing an overview of each policy approach, the document describes the efforts of jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada to implement these strategies.

CSOM Publications by topic area:

Definitions, Facts, and Data About Sex Offenders and Sex Offender Management

  • The Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management January 2009 (PDF)
    The Comprehensive Approach to sex offender management is a framework that has been developed to define and encourage a strategic and collaborative response to managing sex offenders and reducing recidivism.  The Comprehensive Approach offers a promising and well–grounded framework that jurisdictions can consider using to build an informed, integrated set of policies and practices to promote the shared goal of ensuring victim and community safety.

  • Key Roles of Law Enforcement in Sex Offender Management January 2009 (PDF)
    The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the roles and leadership opportunities for law enforcement in increasing public safety and reducing the likelihood of further sexual victimization through involvement in a variety of sex offender management activities. 

  • Legislative Trends in Sex Offender Management January 2009 (PDF)
    This resource document provides lawmakers and other interested parties, such as agency directors, court officials, and criminal justice practitioners with an overview of legislative trends in sex offender management, the intended objectives of the laws, and key research exploring the impact of these policy initiatives.

  • Twenty Strategies for Advancing Sex Offender Management in Your Jurisdiction January 2009 (PDF)
    This document offers evidence-based and promising strategies for policymakers interested in advancing adult and juvenile sex offender management in their jurisdictions.  In addition to providing an overview of each policy approach, the document describes the efforts of jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada to implement these strategies.

  • Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know About Sex Offenders December 2008 (PDF)
    This fact sheet was developed for members of the public who want to know more about sexual assault, sex offenders, and the role that citizens can play in keeping their communities safe. It highlights key issues related to sex offenses and the management of sex offenders who are under the control of the justice system.

  • An Overview of Sex Offender Management July 2002 (PDF)
    This brochure describes briefly the characteristics of adult and juvenile sex offenders and their offenses, the impact of sexual assault on victims, and the key components to the effective management of sex offenders under community supervision. This document can be used to provide a synthesis of the key principles of sex offender management to a wide variety of audiences seeking basic information about this topic, including community members, criminal justice practitioners, legislators, and others.

  • Recidivism of Sex Offenders May 2001 (PDF)
    This paper examines the critical issues in defining recidivism and provides a synthesis of the current research on the reoffense rates of sex offenders. Also discussed are factors and conditions that appear to be associated with reduced sexual offending and the implications that these findings have for sex offender management.

  • Myths and Facts About Sex Offenders August 2000 (PDF)
    This document serves to inform citizens, policy makers, and practitioners about sex offenders and their victims, addressing the facts that underlie common assumptions both true and false in this rapidly evolving field.

  • Glossary of Terms Used in the Management and Treatment of Sexual Offenders June 1999 (PDF)
    A glossary of terms with definitions that reflect conventionally accepted language in the field of sex offender management.

Managing Sex Offenders in the Community

Assessment

  • The Importance of Assessment in Sex Offender Management: An Overview of Key Principles and Practices July 2007 (PDF)
    This policy and practice brief provides an overview of underlying principles and promising practices relative to assessments and emphasizes the integral role that assessments play in ensuring informed and effective management of this population.  It is designed for all stakeholders who have a role in sex offender management, whether as gatherers or consumers of assessment data.  These stakeholders include judges, release decisionmakers, evaluators, treatment providers, personnel within correctional facilities, probation and parole officers, and administrators at all levels.

Supervision

Treatment

  • Understanding Treatment for Adults and Juveniles Who Have Committed Sex Offenses November 2006 (PDF)
    The purpose of this brief is to provide a broad overview of current research, professional literature, and practice trends relative to treatment for sexually abusive individuals. Although specialized clinicians may find this brief to be of interest, the primary intended audience is the range of other management professionals seeking to understand key issues about treatment for adults and juveniles who have committed sex offenses.

Community Notification and Registration

  • Community Notification and Education April 2001 (PDF)
    This policy and practice brief examines the differences in state laws regarding community notification and explores some innovative approaches to notification and education in place across the United States.

  • Sex Offender Registration: Policy Overview and Comprehensive Practices October 1999 (PDF)
    This brief is intended to inform citizens, state and local leaders, and criminal justice professionals about the policy issues related to sex offender registration, and to describe current sex offender registration practices around the country.

Reentry

  • Managing the Challenges of Sex Offender Reentry February 2007 (PDF)
    This policy and practice brief is designed to inform the efforts of correctional administrators and staff, parole boards and other releasing authorities, community supervision officials, treatment providers, and non-criminal justice partners as they work collaboratively to support the successful transition of sex offenders from prison to the community while ensuring victim and community safety.

Special Populations

  • Managing Juvenile Sex Offense Cases: Keys to Informed Decisionmaking May 2009 (PDF)
    This curriculum is designed to provide practical information to juvenile and family court judges about youth who engage in sexually abusive behavior, and to enhance their day-to-day decisionmaking in these challenging cases.

  • Female Sex Offenders March 2007 (PDF)
    This policy and practice brief synthesizes the research and other professional literature about women and adolescent girls who commit sex offenses. This review encompasses what is known about the seemingly low incidence of these crimes and their under-recognition, common characteristics and typologies of female sex offenders, and key considerations relative to assessment, treatment, and supervision strategies. It is intended for a wide range of professionals, including criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, court officials, treatment providers, child welfare personnel, victim advocates, and others who may be involved in the broader management of this special population.

  • Understanding Juvenile Sexual Offending Behavior: Emerging Research, Treatment Approaches and Management Practices December 1999
    The purpose of this brief is to discuss the current state of research on sexually abusive youth, legislative trends, and promising approaches to the treatment and supervision of these youth.

Collaborative Approach to Sex Offender Management

  • The Collaborative Approach to Sex Offender Management October 2000 (PDF)
    This brief explores why collaboration is essential to the effective management of sex offenders, and discusses the benefits and challenges of a collaborative approach. It also describes how jurisdictions can promote shared responsibility among key policymakers and practitioners for decisionmaking on offender management issues.

  • Public Opinion and the Criminal Justice System: Building Support for Sex Offender Management Programs April 2000 (PDF)
    This brief draws on the experiences of jurisdictions that have incorporated public opinion into their response to sex offenders, as well as lessons learned from jurisdictions that have utilized public opinion to influence other criminal justice system policies and practices. It will address three areas of interest: why the public’s perspective is important; how leadership in different states has benefited from studies of public opinion about crime and criminal justice issues; and why it is essential that the criminal justice system view the public as a partner rather than an adversary or simply a group of consumers.

  • Engaging Advocates and Other Victim Service Providers in the Community Management of Sex Offenders March 2000 (PDF)
    The purpose of this brief is to provide information, ideas, and resources that will encourage agencies managing sex offenders in the community to consider the benefits and feasibility of involving victim advocates and other victim service providers in their work.

Special Topics

  • Key Considerations for Reunifying Adult Sex Offenders and their Families December 2005 (PDF)
    This document has been developed for use by probation and parole officers, treatment providers, victim advocates, and others who work with sex offenders or the victims of sexual abuse. It provides an overview of the dynamics and key issues warranting attention when considering reunification and preservation with adult sex offenders as part of a broader, more comprehensive approach to sex offender management.

  • Time to Work: Managing the Employment of Sex Offenders Under Community Supervision January 2002 (PDF)
    This paper discusses critical issues in the management of sex offender employment, including assessing potential job placements, approaching the job search process, making sound job placement decisions, developing relationships with employers, and monitoring sex offenders' job-related activities.

User Tools Related to Sex Offender Management

  • The Comprehensive Assessment Protocol: A Systemwide Review of Adult and Juvenile Sex Offender Management Strategies (CAP) March 2008
    Jurisdictions across the country recognize clearly that the effective management of sex offenders requires more than supervision and treatment. Indeed, the effective management of sex offenders demands the thoughtful integration of these and other management components and, perhaps as importantly, ongoing collaboration among those who are responsible for carrying out these activities. CSOM developed the Comprehensive Assessment Protocol: A Systemwide Review of Adult and Juvenile Sex Offender Management Strategies (CAP) to assist jurisdictions in the enhancement of their management approaches with this offender population. The CAP is a tool that, when used as designed, will guide its users through a deliberate and highly collaborative information-gathering and analysis process. It will identify with a high degree of specificity the strengths of a jurisdiction's sex offender management approach and the steps that can be taken to further enhance and strengthen its system. 

  • Enhancing the Management of Adult and Juvenile Sex Offenders: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners July 2007 (PDF)
    This handbook is designed to assist policymakers and practitioners in the process of assessing, and strengthening, their adult and juvenile sex offender management approaches. Originally developed for jurisdictions awarded grants through the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, this handbook has been adapted to describe a planning and implementation process that is applicable to all jurisdictions, regardless of size, available resources, or expertise level of those involved in the process.

  • Case Studies on CSOM's National Resource Sites, 2nd Edition, Revised April 2001 (PDF)
    In an effort to highlight some of the most promising sex offender management practices in the nation, the Center for Sex Offender Management has developed case studies of CSOM's nineteen National Resource Sites. The case studies showcase the many unique strategies that the CSOM Resource Sites have implemented to effectively manage sex offenders under community supervision and offer the sites' experiences as lessons to other jurisdictions interested in learning more about how to establish or enhance their own sex offender management practices.

 

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