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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book covers different legal and clinical strategies in dealing with sexually violent persons. It is written from the perspective of different disciplines such as law, psychiatry, psychology, criminology, and sociology.
Purpose: According to the editors, "the book is essential for any reader interested in understanding the risk posed by sex offenders and in evaluating the novel legal strategies, now being used in the United States and other countries to protect future victims of sex crimes." These are very worthy objectives, and the book meets them.
Audience: According to the editors, the book "is especially useful for policymakers, legislators, mental health professionals, program administrators, attorneys, judges, police, probation officers, and parole officers. Anyone, especially parents interested in how society should protect their children against dangerous sex offenders will also find this book interesting and helpful." The editors and contributors are credible authorities in the subject matter of the book.
Features: The book covers the legality of sexually violent predator laws; a description and psychological profile of sex offenders; treatment for sex offenders; and constitutional issues surrounding sexual predator commitment laws. This book is full of useful information and is very easy to read. It contains the latest research and debunks myths we often have of sexual offenders. It raises as many questions as it answers and challenges the reader to consider difficult alternatives, because there are no easy answers when treating this population.
Assessment: I really like this book. It is extremely practical, easy to read, and provides the latest research. It is must reading for those working in a correctional environment. Given that it is written from many different perspectives and it challenges the reader to consider difficult issues, this is one of the finest books I have read in the last few years.