Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Working closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, the Center convened a national summit on the safe and effective management of sex offenders in the community. Policymakers, criminal justice practitioners, researchers, treatment providers, and victim advocates from across the country were invited to participate in the Summit in order to provide recommendations to the Office of Justice Programs on how best to meet the training and technical assistance needs of policymakers and practitioners striving to improve their management of those sex offenders under community supervision.
The Center worked with the Office of Justice Programs to convene a multi-disciplinary planning group to assist in the development of the Summit’s goals, agenda, and topics; and to identify strategies to create an environment conducive to sharing information, identify gaps in the current process of sex offender management, and recommend solutions. The Summit agenda covered topics in sex offender etiology, treatment, supervision, risk assessment, and policy development. Participants included many of the nation’s experts on these topics. Participants worked together in plenary sessions and small working groups, sharing research findings, current practices, challenges, and experiences. Each session produced specific recommendations that the Center synthesized into a final report and submitted to the Office of Justice Programs for funding consideration. The Center for Sex Offender Management was subsequently established by the Office of Justice Programs to carry out these recommendations. The Center for Sex Offender Management is in its ninth year of operation and is managed by the Center for Effective Public Policy, on behalf of the Office of Justice Programs.