Fast Facts About Managing Individuals who have sexually offended
Fact 1: Most individuals who have sexually offended live in the community.
Most individuals who are adjudicated or convicted of a sexual offense either receive community supervision or return to their communities upon parole or release after incarceration. Very few sexual offenders receive lifelong sentences. For this reason, it is important that sexual offenders receive the treatment and social supports they need to achieve and maintain productive, crime-free lives.
Fact 2: Residence restrictions do not enhance public safety.
Most people who sexually offend against others do so against people they know, not against strangers. For this reason, sex offender registries that include residence restrictions based on the concept of stranger-danger generally are not effective in reducing sexual violence.
Fact 3: Public registries do not enhance public safety.
Studies have shown that sex offender registries limited to use by law enforcement agencies contribute to a reduction in recidivism. However, public registries (in which the offenders’ names, faces, and locations are available for viewing by the general public) do not contribute to increased community safety. In some studies, researchers have found that public registries actually lead to a slight increase in recidivism.
Fact 4: Approaches that provide social supports do help enhance public safety.
Programs that have proved to be effective in preventing recidivism are those that provide supports such as help finding housing, employment and transportation; ensuring access to treatment; and focusing on other prosocial activities, while at the same time holding offenders accountable for their crime and working toward restitution.
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ATSA blog posts
- The working relationship in community corrections, March 1, 2018
- Restorative Justice & Sexual Harm: Restoration, Reconciliation, Retribution?, July 17, 2017
- Cross border management of serious sexual and violent offenders, May 5, 2017
- Considering the alternatives to traditional Child Sexual Abuser risk management: Prevention?, March 1, 2017
The following citations reflect research, publications, and presentations by current ATSA members.
- You do what? A qualitative investigation into the motivation to volunteer with circles of support and accountability: Lowe, Willis, & Gibson (2017)
- Circles of Support and Accountability: The role of the community in effective sexual offender risk management: Wilson & McWhinnie (2016)
- A new way of doing time on the outside: Kras, Pleggenkuhle, & Huebner (2014)
- Circles South East: The first 10 years 2002-2012: Bates, Williams, Wilson, & Wilson (2014)
- Community-based management of sexual offender risk: Options and opportunities: Wilson & Prescott (2014)
- Circles of Support and Accountability: Dimensions of practice, research, and interagency collaboration in prisoner reentry: McWhinnie, Wilson, & Brown (2013)
- Putting the "community" back in community risk management of persons who have sexually abused: Wilson & McWhinnie (2013)
- Community risk management of high-risk sex offenders in Canada: Findings from a quasi-experimental study: Lussier, Zabarauckas, Deslauriers-Varin, & Amirault (2012)
- Creating social capital and reducing harm: Corrections Victoria support and awareness groups: Braden, Senkans, Willis, Ward, Costeletos, & Mollica (2012)
- Planning helps: The impact of release planning on subsequent re-entry experiences of child sex offenders: Willis & Johnston (2012)
- Beyond static and dynamic risk factors: The incremental validity of release planning for predicting sex offender recidivism: Scoones, Willis, & Grace (2011)
- Cercles de soutien et de responsabilite: evaluation du projet pilote dans le Centre sud ontarien: Wilson, Picheca, & Prinzo (2011)
- Engaging the community in sexual offender management: Circles of Support and Accountability: Wilson, McWhinnie, & Cortoni (2011)
- Striving for a good life: The Good Lives Model applied to released child molesters: Willis & Ward (2011)
- Sexual coercion reported by men and women in prison: Struckman-Johnson, Struckman-Johnson, Rucker, Bumby, & Donaldson (2010)
- Assessment of community reintegration planning for sex offenders: Poor planning predicts recidivism: Willis & Grace (2009)
- Circles of Support and Accountability: A Canadian national replication of outcome findings: Wilson, Cortoni, & McWhinnie (2009)
- Current practices and emerging trends in sexual abuser management: McGrath, Cumming, Burchard, Zeoli, & Ellerby (2009)
- Circles of Support and Accountability: An international partnership in reducing sexual offender recidivism: Wilson, McWhinnie, & Wilson (2008)
- The quality of community reintegration planning for child molesters effects on sexual recidivism: Willis & Grace (2008)
- Circles of Support and Accountability: A national replication of outcome findings: Wilson, Cortoni, & Vermani (2007)
- Circles of Support and Accountability: Engaging community volunteers in the management of high-risk sexual offenders: Wilson, McWhinnie, Picheca, Prinzo, & Cortoni (2007)
- Community management of sex offenders with intellectual disabilities: Characteristics, services, and outcome of a statewide program: McGrath, Livingston, & Falk (2007)
- Evaluating the effectiveness of professionally facilitated volunteerism in the community-based management of high-risk sexual offenders: Part One -- effects on participants and stakeholders: Wilson, Picheca, & Prinzo (2007)
- Circles of support and accountability: An evaluation of the pilot project in South-Central Ontario: Wilson, Picheca, & Prinzo (2005)
- Circles of support: A restorative justice initiative: Wilson & Prinzo (2002)
- Collaboration among sex offender treatment providers and probation and parole officers: The beliefs and behaviors of treatment providers: McGrath, Cumming, & Holt (2002)
- Restorative justice innovations in Canada: Wilson, Huculak, & McWhinnie (2002)
- Community-based sex offender management: Combining parole supervision and treatment to reduce recidivism: Wilson, Steward, Stirpe, & Barrett (2000)