Pplication: Civil Commitment of Sexual Offenders

Application: Civil Commitment of Sexual Offenders

The civil commitment of sexual offenders (sometimes referred to as sexually violent predators) remains a hotly debated topic, which may help to explain why only 17 states have sexual predator laws. Many debates revolve around issues such as loss of civil liberties versus the risk of re-offending. This is especially true due to the high level of recidivism for sexual predators. Therefore, forensic assessment of sexual predators remains controversial. This weeks Application introduces you to this intriguing albeit complicated area of forensic assessment.
To prepare for this assignment:
Review Chapter 8 in the course text, Learning Forensic Assessment. Think about when and under what circumstances civil commitment is utilized for sexual predators. Also consider the components of sexually violent predator statutes and the assessment process and types of assessments used in evaluations of sexually violent predators.
Review the article Sexually Violent Predators: The Risky Enterprise of Risk Assessments.Consider the strengths and limitations of risk assessments of sexually violent predators.
Review Table 8.1, Civil Commitment of Sexual Offenders: Statute Details by State,on pages 185-189 of the course text, Learning Forensic Assessment. Locate your state. If your state is not listed, select another states law to examine. Reflect on the eligibility laws of civil commitment for sexual offenders in that state as well as on the qualifying disorders for civil commitment.
The assignment (2-3 pages):
Briefly describe the eligibility laws and qualifying disorders in your selected states civil commitment laws for sexual offenders.
Explain how you might assess an individual under the states civil commitment laws for sexual offenders in order to determine if he or she would qualify for civil commitment, and describe why, using specific examples.

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