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Managing Sex Offenders in the Community: A Handbook To Guide Policymakers and Practitioners Through a Planning and Implementation Process

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Date Published
April 2002
102 pages
This handbook is designed to assist policymakers and practitioners in the process of assessing and strengthening their adult and juvenile sex offender management approaches.
Section one of the handbook provides an overview of sex offenders and their management and summarizes current research and promising practices that are emerging in communities across the Nation. The second section describes a framework for the planning and implementation process. The three central components of the framework are the collaborative team, the team's vision, and the team's mission. This section discusses why each element is essential and provides teamwork activities to help in establishing the team and creating vision and mission statements. In describing the planning and implementation process, section three presents five steps: developing an understanding of the jurisdiction's current sex offender management practices; developing an understanding of research and emerging practice in the field of sex offender management; assessing the gaps in current practice; identifying goals and objectives to address the most significant gaps; and implementing changes to meet goals and monitor the impact of those changes. The concluding section summarizes the information from the previous sections, advising that the planning and implementation of an approach for managing sex offenders is a deliberate process that attends to the collection and analysis of the information that is key to sound decision-making, the formulation of a plan to implement the goals deemed to be of greatest importance, and the monitoring of their outcome. 15 exhibits, 155 references and resources, and appended sample juvenile offender data collection instrument

Date Published: April 1, 2002