A Model Framework: The Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management

Historically, entities and agencies responsible for various aspects of sex offender management operated in the absence of a grounding framework, and therefore struggled with identifying the ways to best work together in complementary ways to effectively manage sex offenders.  To fill this significant gap, the Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management framework was developed.  More specifically, it was designed to assist stakeholders across agencies and disciplines with implementing integrated, informed, and maximally effective sex offender management systems.  The Comprehensive Approach is grounded by five fundamental principles:

These fundamental principles – which guide "how" to approach sex offender management –  have multiple implications for paroling authorities.  Examples include ensuring that:  

In their critical roles as parole board members, it is important that they are equipped with a foundation of specialized knowledge about sex offenders, research-informed sex offender management strategies, and the broader evidence-based practices literature, and its implications for parole-related decisions.

In addition to the fundamental principles, the Comprehensive Approach identifies several interrelated elements that support sex offender management throughout the system, in essence highlighting "what" should be done and "why."  These components address:

The assessment, treatment, reentry, and supervision components are particularly relevant for paroling authorities.

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