Increased Surveillance of Sex Offenders: Impacts on Recidivism

Increased Surveillance of Sex Offenders: Impacts on Recidivism

Increased Surveillance of Sex Offenders: Impacts on Recidivism

Increased Surveillance of Sex Offenders: Impacts on Recidivism

Excerpt

Few crimes have captured society’s attention more than sexual offenses, partially because of horrific cases involving perpetrators targeting and killing children during a sexual assault. Sex offenders are often portrayed as incurable and unmanageable. In fact, many politicians and other public officials have said that these individuals should just be locked up indefinitely. However, due to current statutes, the release of most sex offenders from incarceration is inevitable, meaning they need to reintegrate into society. For this reason, it is critical to understand what motivates individuals to commit sexual offenses, what reduces the likelihood of recidivism, and the best method of managing and supervising sex offenders in the community.

This book examines recidivism rates of those monitored by an intensive supervision and management program for high-risk sex offenders. It will review risk factors and various types of recidivism, compliance with Megan’s Law, and models for differentiating between high-risk or low-risk to reoffend or abscond from registration. This is important to the criminal justice community and vital to understanding these types of public safety initiatives.

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