Sex Offending

Interviews

Using Volunteers to Evaluate the Courtroom Experience: A Conversation about CourtWatch of King County, Wash.

Using Volunteers to Evaluate the Courtroom Experience: A Conversation about CourtWatch of King County, Wash.

Court observation programs around the country send volunteers into courts to observe, collect data, and sometimes issue reports about what they've seen. Their goals include keeping courts accountable to the public and improving transparency, but not all courts are eager to receive public feedback. CourtWatch of King County, Washington, has worked closely with its local courts since the program's founding, trying to build a relationship that is more collaborative than adversarial. As Laura Jones, manager, and Mary Laskowski, services and outreach coordinator, explain to New Thinking host Robert V. Wolf, this collaborative approach has allowed CourtWatch to support judges and court administrators in efforts to improve the court experience for everyone.

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Innovative Sex Offender Management: Sex Offense Court and Probation Collaboration

Innovative Sex Offender Management: Sex Offense Court and Probation Collaboration

Watch this webinar highlighting best practices for jurisdictions seeking to enhance their court response to sex offender accountability and victim safety. Created to promote justice by providing a comprehensive approach to case resolution, increase sex offender accountability, enhance community safety and ensure victim safety while protecting the rights of all litigants, sex offense courts have institutionalized several evidence-based best practice strategies, including assessment, swift referral to treatment, judicial compliance reviews, procedural justice, and enhanced collaboration between the court and stakeholders. Access the webinar slides here.

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An Integrated Approach: A Court's Innovative Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence

An Integrated Approach: A Court's Innovative Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence

Domestic violence can involve physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse and require litigants to participant in multiple cases in many courtrooms before many judges. The Manhattan Integrated Domestic Violence Court streamlines the process by combining a family's cases in one courtroom before a single judge. By doing so, the court promotes greater victim safety and makes it easier to link litigants to services and monitor compliance with court orders.

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Giving the Community a Role in Corrections

Giving the Community a Role in Corrections

Derek Miodownik, restorative systems administrator for the Vermont Department of Corrections, talks about the state's innovative experiments in community and restorative justice, including Citizen Reparative Boards, which give panels of community members a role in working with misdemeanor offenders, and Circles of Support and Accountability, which link community members with parolees convicted of serious crimes.

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Legal Momentum, National Judicial Education Program

Legal Momentum is the nation's oldest legal defense and education fund dedicated to advancing the rights of all women and girls. For more than 40 years, Legal Momentum has made historic contributions through litigation and public policy advocacy to advance economic and personal security for women.

http://www.legalmomentum.org

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New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Formed in 1987 by rape crisis advocates as a mutual support group, the mission and purpose of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault rapidly evolved from basic networking. The Coalition grew to include technical assistance, resource development and policy advocacy for the more than 100 Rape Crisis programs, sister agencies and collaborators statewide that work with survivors of sexual violence and their families.

http://nyscasa.org/

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Ally Foundation

The ALLY Foundation was established in memory of Alexandra Nicole Zapp, our loving daughter, sister and friend, who was murdered by a repeat sex offender on July 18, 2002. The Foundation, founded and run by Ally’s mother and stepfather, has a mission to prevent opportunities for violent sex offenses, to educate the public and advocate for necessary changes in culture, attitude and policy It strives to celebrate Alexandra’s memory with the same charitable and compassionate spirit that guided her throughout her short life.

http://www.theallyfoundation.org

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National Tribal Judicial Center and NJC International

The NJC is home to the National Tribal Judicial Center and NJC International. The College’s curricula include a Seminar Series, made up of courses that provide judges the opportunity to study diverse and interesting topics at historically and culturally rich locations across the United States. There is also a wide selection of Web-based courses from which to choose from, enabling participants to explore a variety of subject areas online.

http://www.judges.org/sso/

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SMART Office

The SMART Office was authorized in the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which was signed into law on July 27, 2006. The responsibilities of the SMART Office include providing jurisdictions with guidance regarding the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act, and providing technical assistance to the states, territories, Indian tribes, local governments, and to public and private organizations. The SMART Office also tracks important legislative and legal developments related to sex offenders and administers grant programs related to the registration, notification, and management of sex offenders.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/smart/

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Center for Sex Offender Management

The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that supports state and local jurisdictions in the effective management of sex offenders. CSOM aims to provide those responsible for managing sex offenders with ready access to the most current knowledge by synthesizing and disseminating research and effective practices to the field; and by offering specialized training and technical assistance on a wide variety of issues related to sex offender management.

http://www.csom.org

Publications

Sex Offense Courts

Sex Offense Courts

By Juli Ana Grant and Rebecca Thomforde Hauser

An overview of sex offense courts in New York State, including key principles and a discussion about how they work with community stakeholders to enhance sex offender management.

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Establishing a Model Court: A Case Study of the Oswego Sex Offense Court

Establishing a Model Court: A Case Study of the Oswego Sex Offense Court

By Juli Ana Grant

An in-depth look at the establishment of the first designated sex offense court in New York State.

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'A New Way of Doing Business': A Conversation about the Statewide Coordination of Problem-Solving Courts

'A New Way of Doing Business': A Conversation about the Statewide Coordination of Problem-Solving Courts

By Robert V. Wolf

A summary of a 2008 roundtable discussion about how to coordinate problem-solving courts on a statewide basis.

Articles

Sex Offense Courts: The Next Step in Community Management?

Sex Offense Courts: The Next Step in Community Management?

By Kristine Herman

Sex offense cases often present challenges to the police who investigate them, the district attorneys who prosecute them, the judges who adjudicate them, and the probation officers who supervise them. Unfortunately, the traditional criminal justice system approaches each of these pieces of the puzzle working in relative isolation, with their own protocols and procedures. In many instances these protocols and procedures are rooted in tradition and practice rather than on best practices and emerging research on sexual offenders.

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Interviews

James McCarthy, Judge, Oswego County

James McCarthy, Judge, Oswego County

Judge James McCarthy has been the presiding judge in the Sex Offense Court Part since its inception in Oswego County. He shared his thoughts on the model sex offense court and his experience in the first court in New York State.

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