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date: 01 December 2020

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The past two decades have been marked by increasing public concern about sex offenders in our community. Specific laws and policies focused on increasing the supervision of sex offenders have since been enacted in an effort to promote community safety and reduce sexual recidivism. However, the effectiveness and value of the techniques utilized to monitor and restrict sex offenders have been called into question. This chapter describes the development of legislation, including registration and community notification laws, residence and mobility restrictions, electronic monitoring, and sexually violent predator (SVP) statutes, as well as examines other community-based supervision methods such as polygraph testing and treatment approaches. Empirical data that sheds light on the success of these monitoring techniques is examined. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the implications of this data for the prevention of sexual violence in our communities.

Keywords: sex offenders, community-based supervision, recidivism, community notification laws, electronic monitoring, residence and mobility restrictions, polygraph, treatment

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