Working with Sex Offenders in Prisons and Through Release to the Community: A Handbook
Working with Sex Offenders in Prisons and through Release to the Community is the first study of its kind to look at a wide range of issues and problems relating to the management of sexual offenders in prisons and their reintegration into the community. Spencer's analysis of the delivery of prison-based offence-specific programmes, both within the broader context of criminal justice systems and the community provides valuable insight into the relationship between prisons and other agencies dealing with sex offenders. Spencer makes a strong case for implementing treatment for sexual offenders within prisons, as well as the need for support and supervision in the community once released. His multi-agency approach is an innovative and cohesive strategy for effective interventions, and highlights major issues which need to be addressed so that programmes stand a chance of succeeding in a penal setting.The issues involved in the setting up of programmes, the creation of the right environment, and the support and training of staff, are universally applicable; as are discussions of risk assessment, the links between victims and offenders, sex offenders in special hospitals, women as sex abusers, the use of pornography and sexual offender notification. This book is essential reading, not only for specialists in the field, but also for students and professionals working in related areas.
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Publish Date: Jun 1st, 1999
- Pages: 256
- Language: English
- Dimensions: 9.17in - 6.20in - 0.70in - 0.76lb
- EAN: 9781853027673
- Categories: • Psychotherapy - General• Criminology• General
About the Author
This book is essential reading for those working in prisons where sexual offenders are being treated or where there are plans to implement treatment programmes. It is an invaluable source of information not only for a variety of staff ranging for senior prison staff to programme facilitators and on line officers, but also for students and professionals working in related areas. It aims to look at a wide range of of issues and problems relating to the management of sexual offenders in prisons and their reintegration into the community.
A variety of important discussions are considered in this book, including definitions of sexual offending, motivations to offend sexually, women as sex abusers, mentally disordered offenders, the use of pornography, notification of information on sex offenders and the link between victims and offenders.
It is refreshing to read a book that delivers more than it promises. It is also unusual to find a text that focuses on the necessary operational and human resource requirements and considerations for quality treatment delivery. The author is to be commended for addressing many of these difficult issues. Spencer has gathered rich observations, interesting experiences and makes recommendations that are a smooth blend of pragmatism and principle. The author is considerate toward the reader, summarising the key points throughout each chapter. Useful case studies from the intervention programme are included in an appendix and the author provides an original flavour by including a prisoner account of treatment. The text is well structured and easily readable. The author has succeeded in presenting a careful, forthright analysis, couched in facts rather that verbal flatulence that represents a welcome shift away from criminological sex offender myopia. This is not just a useful supplement to existing texts but also an invaluable addition to the ongoing debate surrounding the treatment of sexual offenders.