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Sex Offenders: Law, Policy and Practice


An examination of sexual offending and the management of sex offenders.

  • Published: August 2005
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978 0 85308 979 7
  • Authors/Editors: Cathy Cobley
  • Category: Criminal Law
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Sex Offenders: Law, Policy and Practice is a unique and authoritative book examining sexual offending and the management of sex offenders. The complex issues inherent in dealing with sex offenders are dealt with here including the investigation of sexual offences, trial procedures, sentencing, control, risk assessment, protection of the public, treatment, housing and protection of children and adolescent offenders. The responsibilities of local authorities, the rights of the individual and the community, the sexual offences register, employment restrictions and human rights questions are all considered.

 This new edition has been extensively re-written to take into account the fundamental changes in law and practice following the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which brought about the most radical overhaul of sexual offences legislation for 50 years. In addition the Criminal Justice Act 2003 has introduced a new sentencing regime. Other changes include the introduction of the National Offender Management Service and the Bichard Inquiry made recommendations concerning the recording of criminal intelligence and the consequences of failures by police in the recording, retention and disclosure of relevant information.

 Sex Offenders: Law, Policy and Practice offers a clear explanation of relevant legal principles and practice, written for legal and non-legal professionals alike.

  • Sex offenders and sexual offences
  • The pre-trial process
  • The criminal trial
  • Sentencing sex offenders
  • Sentence management: sex offender assessment and treatment
  • Sentence management: sex offenders in custody and in the community
  • Sex offenders in the community I: surveillance, control and multi-agency public protection arrangements
  • Sex offenders in the community II: accommodation, family life and employment
  • Conclusion
"a comprehensive overview ... clear style, helpful layout and systematic approach ... A must for every sex offender project and anyone with an interest in this field"
New Law Journal

"a copy should find its way into every police station or police library ... highly recommended"

 Internet Law

"excellent ... the chapters on the classification and complex legal issues on sex offenders are very useful and I would recommend the book to any probation and prison officer working on sex offender treatment units ... police forces too will find the book of great value since the law and issues around sexual offences are well explained"

 Ursula Smartt, Senior Lecturer at Law and Criminology, Thames Valley University

"an important, concise and well-presented book ... an invaluable reference text and handbook for policy makers and the broad spectrum of professionals in the multi-agency approach ... as well as students and academics"

 British Journal of Criminology

"highly recommended"

 New Law Journal

"a clear and authorative guide to current law and policy"

 Safer Society Magazine

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