Risk, Regulation and the Reintegration of Sexual Offenders

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Abstract

Media reporting of and public concern about sexual offending, particularly relating to children, affects and reflects political, policy and organisational responses to those convicted of such crimes. The development of regulatory policies on sexual offending has taken place within a highly emotive and overtly politicized public and policy discourse. This chapter charts the various ways in which the risks imagined or posed by sexual offenders have been conceptualised within public discourses and regulated and managed under the legislative and organisational ‘risk paradigm.’ Ultimately, it argues that risk-based responses to sexual offending are at best uncertain in their effects and at worst counterproductive, in that they often reduce the potential for successful reintegration. In seeking to look ‘beyond risk’, the chapter also explores the usefulness of restorative and related practices in supporting sex offender reintegration aimed at the primary and secondary levels of harm prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond the Risk Paradigm in Criminal Justice
EditorsChris Trotter, Gill McIvor, F. McNeill
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages129-138
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781137441324
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

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