More, Longer, Tougher … or is it Finally Time for a Different Approach to the Post-Sentence Management of Sex Offenders in Australia?

(2019) 43 Criminal Law Journal 41

19 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2019

See all articles by Lorana Bartels

Lorana Bartels

Australian National University (ANU) - ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods

Jamie Walvisch

Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

Kelly Richards

School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology

Date Written: March 8, 2019

Abstract

In Australia, the pace of legislative reform in relation to the post-sentence management of sex offenders has been particularly frenetic since 2016. This article analyses these recent reforms, arguing that while they have been extensive in number, they have not been extensive in nature: governments have simply sought to do more of the same, even though there is little evidence to suggest that this is likely to improve community safety. By contrast, evaluations suggest that some more innovative approaches may be effective in assisting sex offenders to reintegrate into communities and in reducing re-offending. This article discusses three such approaches: Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA); Chaperone Programs; and Support and Awareness Groups (SAAGs). It suggests that, if governments are truly committed to the goal of enhancing community safety, approaches of this nature seem a better target for public investment.

Keywords: Sex Offenders, Post-Sentence Management, Circles of Support and Accountability, Chaperone Programs, Support and Awareness Groups

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Bartels, Lorana and Walvisch, Jamie and Richards, Kelly, More, Longer, Tougher … or is it Finally Time for a Different Approach to the Post-Sentence Management of Sex Offenders in Australia? (March 8, 2019). (2019) 43 Criminal Law Journal 41 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3394599 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3394599

Lorana Bartels

Australian National University (ANU) - ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods ( email )

Beryl Rawson Building (13)
Canberra, ACT 0200
Australia

Jamie Walvisch (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Melbourne, VIC 3010
Australia

Kelly Richards

School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology ( email )

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
106
Abstract Views
479
rank
283,440
PlumX Metrics