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Tailoring Policies for Effective Sex Offender Re-entry Into Communities - Interview at the 2010 NIJ Conference

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June 2010
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This video and its transcript cover an interview with Alisa Klein - public policy consultant for the Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers in Beaverton, CO - at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 2010 Conference, in which she critiques as ineffective current criminal justice policy toward sex offenders re-entering communities and proposes a more effective approach.
The current trend in managing sex offenders is to increase punishment and surveillance, restrict where than can live upon reentry, and place them on a public registry so they are known to the community as sex offenders. Sound research has shown that these policies are not effective in preventing sex offenders from reoffending. What is needed is the identification of risk factors that must be countered and protective factors that must be strengthened. This assessment for each sex offender will then become the basis for a collaborative, multi-faceted case-management plan for each offender that is tailored to his/her risk-and-needs assessment.

Date Published: June 1, 2010