Constitutionality of sex offender registries in the United States. Sex offender registries in the United States exist at both the federal and state levels. Registries contain information about persons convicted of sexual offenses for law enforcement and public notification purposes. All 50 states and the District of Columbia maintain sex offender registries that are open to the public via websites, although information on some offenders is visible to law enforcement only. The majority of states and the federal government apply systems based on conviction offenses only, where registration requirement is triggered as a consequence of finding of guilt, or pleading guilty, to a sex offense regardless of the actual gravity of the crime. The trial judge typically can not exercise judicial discretion with respect to registration.
Risk Level & Designation Determination
Sex Offender Risk Level Determination - NY DCJS
This Web page has been archived on the Web. The true prevalence of sexual offending can only be estimated. There is, therefore, a pressing need to develop a comprehensive social response to this very serious social problem. One aspect to this response should include not only the treatment of identified offenders, but also the development of an understanding of these offenders; what features need to be addressed in treatment; how these features should be assessed; and the generation of an actuarial basis for estimating risk to reoffend and response to treatment. Of course, if treatment is implemented, we must also evaluate its effectiveness. This chapter will attempt to address these issues.
For those who abuse
Sex offenders are often neglected by psychiatrists due to a deficiency in training and a lack of knowledge in the area of sexual offenders. Many sex offenders have a comorbid psychiatric illness, including paraphilic disorders. Research has established that sex offenders can be treated with evidence-based principles.
Sex offenders have received considerable attention in recent years from both policymakers and the public. This is due at least in part to the profound impact that sex crimes have on victims and the larger community. Perpetrators of sex crimes have come to be viewed by policymakers, practitioners and, arguably, the public as a unique group of offenders in need of special management practices.