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This report discusses promising initiatives and practices in 11 states. A research team from Urban Institute and the Association of State Correctional Administrators interviewed prison officials in 45 states.
This booklet introduces a new approach to helping victims of sexual violence. This approach, called the victim-centered 'Sex Offender Containment Model', may be a significant change in the way many do advocacy work.
The vast majority of sex offenders will be returned to the community following incarceration; therefore, it is important to understand the recidivism patterns of this group and the community corrections options that are successful.
Authors: Institute of Public Policy, University of Missouri ñ Columbia
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