Section 3: Lecture Content and Teaching Notes
Components of Supervision: Specialized Approaches to Managing Sex Offenders
TOPIC: STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION, REGISTRATION, AND DNA TESTING
Another responsibility that has been assigned to probation/parole agencies in many jurisdictions is that of community notification, registration, and DNA testing. It is important for you to familiarize yourselves with these requirements in your own jurisdiction. Do you have responsibilities? If so, what are they?
Community notification, in particular, has proven to be a function that probation/parole agencies are finding as a vehicle for community education. In the process of notifying communities about the presence of sex offenders in their midst, agencies are taking the opportunity to educate the public about how to better protect themselves, how to assist in informal supervision networks, and also to emphasize the rights of offenders to be free from harassment and vigilantism. As with other aspects of effective sex offender management, community notification responsibilities can be most effective when handled collaboratively as part of a community education strategy on sex offending and sexual assault prevention. Partners can include law enforcement, victim advocates, treatment providers, local legislators, and others.