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Extended supervision of sexual offenders in Australia and New Zealand : differences in implementation across jurisdictions

Vess, James and Eccleston, Lynne 2009, Extended supervision of sexual offenders in Australia and New Zealand : differences in implementation across jurisdictions, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 271-287, doi: 10.1080/13218710802475264.

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Title Extended supervision of sexual offenders in Australia and New Zealand : differences in implementation across jurisdictions
Author(s) Vess, James
Eccleston, Lynne
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 271
End page 287
Publisher Australian Academic Press Pty. Ltd.
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2009-07
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Keyword(s) actuarial measures
expert witness
extended supervision
judicial decision-making
public policy
risk assessment
sex offenders
Summary Australia and New Zealand have joined the movement of many Western societies in recent years to address a perceived gap in public safety by passing legislation allowing for extended supervision of sex offenders in the community after their release from prison. The Australian State of Victoria passed a law similar to that of New Zealand, and both laws have now been in effect for a similar period of time. Yet despite having comparable laws and approximately comparable base populations, there have been 145 extended supervision orders imposed in New Zealand and 20 such orders in Victoria. This article examines the differences in implementation and the underlying procedures used in the two jurisdictions to understand these very different outcomes. Implications for professional practice, ethics, public safety, and policy development are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218710802475264
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019532

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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