Legislative and Court Responses

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Professionals who treat and research sexual offenders have considerable insight to offer society. Their expertise enhances our understanding of the problem, as well as fostering the most effective treatment and management of offenders in the community. To ensure that this critical information reaches the public and those people who make key decisions, ATSA offers Legislative and Court Responses current to specific issues. These statements can be used to educate the public, as well as to offer consideration in the policy debates in administrative offices and in state and national legislatures.

The following Legislative and Court Responses have been developed by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Legislative Responses:

Court Responses:

The following are a Press Release (11-03-05) and an Amicus Brief Doe v. Miller (In Opposition to Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Claiming that Such Laws Harm Children) filed on November 3, 2005 with the United States Supreme Court:

Filed in conjunction with CCOSO regarding Proposition 83 (residency restrictions in California). The following brief asserts that residence restriction does not enhance public safely or reasonably relate to the deterrence of future criminality and may result in harm to the victims it was designed to protect. March 2008

Filed in conjunction with the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault regarding municipal residence restrictions (Ordinance 34) in Englewood, Colorado.  The following brief asserts that residence restrictions do not enhance public safety or reasonably relate to the deterrence of future criminality and may undermine the state's efforts to supervise and treat offenders. February 2014

The following declaration asserts that undifferentiated identification of sex offender to the general public is not based in  research and often has the unintended consequences of creating obstacles to community reentry that actually compromises, rather than promotes, public safety.

The following declaration asserts that undifferentiated identification of sex offender to the general public is not based in research and often has the unintended consequences of creating obstacles to community reentry that actually compromises, rather than promotes, public safety.

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