Legislative and Court Responses

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Professionals who treat and research individuals convicted of sexual crimes have considerable insight to offer society. Their expertise enhances our understanding of sexual abuse, assists in the development of sexual abuse prevention strategies, and fosters the implementation of effective treatment and management of offenders in the community. To ensure that this critical information reaches the public and policy makers, 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:

November 2005: Press Release and Amicus Brief - Doe v. Miller - in opposition to sexual offender residence restrictions claiming that such laws harm children. Filed on November 3, 2005 with the United States Supreme Court:

March 2008: Amicus Brief filed in conjunction with the California Coalition on Sexual Offending (CCOSO) regarding Proposition 83 (residence restrictions in California). The following brief asserts that residence restrictions do 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.

February 2014: Amicus Brief 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 registered sexual offenders 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.

February 2014: The following declaration asserts that undifferentiated identification of registered sexual offenders 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.

March 2014: Amicus Brief filed in conjunction with the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Professional Advisory Board to the Coalition for a Useful Registry, and Center for Assessment, Inc. regarding sexual offender management laws in Michigan. The following brief asserts that vague and/or broad-based sex offender restrictions are not support by research and have the unintended consequence of weakening, rather than strengthening, public safety.

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