Evaluation of Sexually Violent Predators

ISBN-10: 0195322649
ISBN-13: 9780195322644
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.27" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

There appears to be nearly universal acknowledgement of a need to disseminate scientific research in forensic assessments to those "in the trenches." For the academic researcher, this need is fueled by the directives for translational research issued from such powerful sources as the National Institutes of Health. For practitioners, recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the admissibility of expert testimony under Federal Rule of Evidence 702 make this issue critical to their credibility. The Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment series was developed to directly address this need. This volume will focus on evaluations for civil commitment of Sexually Violent Predators (SVPs). These are the offenders who are determined by the court to present sufficient risk to the community justify being detained beyond the expiration of their maximum criminal sentences. Although this book will focus on evaluating SVP cases, the considerations discussed in this book, such as determining a sex offender's risk to reoffend, apply to evaluations of sex offenders in other contexts (e.g. community notification, sentence enhancement, and probationary management) as well. SVP civil commitment cases, and the very commitment procedures associated with them, arouse strong reactions among the lay public, legal professionals, and mental health professionals. Public sentiment, on the one hand, favors longer incarceration for presumably high risk sex offenders. Civil libertarians, on the other hand, raise concerns about deprivation of the offenders' civil rights and lack of humane conditions. Providing evaluations that are consistent with best practice is both challenging and important in this context.

Foundation
The Legal Context
Forensic Mental Health Concepts
Empirical Foundations and Limits
Application
Preparation for the Evaluation
Data Collection
Interpretation
Report Writing and Testimony
References
Tests and Specialized Tools
Cases and Statutes
Key Terms
Index
About the Authors

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