Working with Sex Offenders in Prisons and through Release to the Community

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Reviewer: Aimee St. Pierre, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: With this book the author addresses the importance of establishing effective treatment programs for incarcerated sexual offenders. He also specifically discusses the need for mandatory post-release treatment for offenders as they return to the community.
Purpose: The author's stated intention is to provide an overview and rationale for a comprehensive intervention program for sexual offenders, based on an established program which he has been instrumental in developing. The program is integrated into the community, and is staffed by both mental health professionals and correctional personnel. This topic is timely and meritorious, and the author's stated objectives are met.
Audience: The audience, according to the author, includes correctional agencies and mental health practitioners who work with this population. The book would also be of interest to general forensic psychiatrists and psychologists. The author, an administrator of a prison in Edinburgh, has experience in the incarceration and treatment of sexual offenders.
Features: The nature of sexual offenses is addressed, with emphasis on the impact of these crimes on their victims. While the author emphasizes that sexual behavior disorders cannot be cured, he makes an impassioned plea for the protection of future victims, and argues that appropriate intervention, which he feels must begin in prisons, will decrease sexual victimization. Accepting that curative treatment does not exist, the author describes a comprehensive treatment program in detail, including the establishment of continuity of care in the community. An appendix provides clinical case vignettes. However, pharmacological treatment approaches to sexual offenders are not addressed.
Assessment: The author presents an interesting and potentially useful approach to the treatment of sexual offenders in this book. The emphasis that this program places on continuing care after release from prison is a valuable contribution to the ongoing public discussion of strategies to reduce recidivism in this and other inmate populations.
Aimee St. Pierre
With this book the author addresses the importance of establishing effective treatment programs for incarcerated sexual offenders. He also specifically discusses the need for mandatory post-release treatment for offenders as they return to the community. The author's stated intention is to provide an overview and rationale for a comprehensive intervention program for sexual offenders, based on an established program which he has been instrumental in developing. The program is integrated into the community, and is staffed by both mental health professionals and correctional personnel. This topic is timely and meritorious, and the author's stated objectives are met. The audience, according to the author, includes correctional agencies and mental health practitioners who work with this population. The book would also be of interest to general forensic psychiatrists and psychologists. The author, an administrator of a prison in Edinburgh, has experience in the incarceration and treatment of sexual offenders. The nature of sexual offenses is addressed, with emphasis on the impact of these crimes on their victims. While the author emphasizes that sexual behavior disorders cannot be cured, he makes an impassioned plea for the protection of future victims, and argues that appropriate intervention, which he feels must begin in prisons, will decrease sexual victimization. Accepting that curative treatment does not exist, the author describes a comprehensive treatment program in detail, including the establishment of continuity of care in the community. An appendix provides clinical case vignettes. However, pharmacological treatment approaches to sexual offenders are not addressed. Theauthor presents an interesting and potentially useful approach to the treatment of sexual offenders in this book. The emphasis that this program places on continuing care after release from prison is a valuable contribution to the ongoing public discussion of strategies to reduce recidivism in this and other inmate populations.
Booknews
As the Governor of HM Prison Edinburgh, Spencer (Centre for Law and Society, Edinburgh U.) introduces issues related to sex offenders and their victims, and argues for treatment within prisons with the aim of reintegration into the community. Appends details of the multi-agency Sex Offender Treatment Programme in England and Wales, and SOTP cases studies. Distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853027673
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Series: Forensic Focus Series , #15
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication 6
Foreword 7
Preface 9
1 Introduction 13
2 Sexual Offenders and their Victims 20
3 Creating an Integrated Approach within a Prison Service 42
4 Other Issues for Prisons 61
5 The Programme 77
6 Complementary and Supporting Programmes 107
7 Monitoring and Evaluation 114
8 Staff Training and Support 119
9 Information about Offending Behaviour 130
10 Bridging the Gap I - Throughcare, the Multi-agency Approach 135
11 Bridging the Gap II - From Prison to Home and the Community 141
12 Other Multi-Agency Issues 180
13 The Prisoner's Tale 189
14 Postscript 192
15 A Model for Multi-Agency Casework, Cooperation and Management of Information about Imprisoned Offenders who are Subsequently Released to the Community 194
App. I The Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP), England and Wales 201
App. II Case Studies from the Stop Programme 205
References 233
Subject Index 243
Author Index 251
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