Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative, Office of the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative Office of the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)

October 2014 / NCJ 247059

Researchers widely agree that observed recidivism rates are underestimates of the true reoffense rates of sex offenders Cognitive-behavioral/relapse prevention approaches have been identified as being effective at reducing both sexual and nonsexual recidivism Even with the best sources of data, it is extremely difficult to estimate the actual number of sex crimes committed because of low levels of reporting The SOMAPI forum participants recommend that jurisdictions should use specialized supervision with a rehabilitation orientation as one component of an overall sex offender management strategy

Perpetrators of sex crimes are often seen as needing special management practices. As a result, jurisdictions across the country have implemented laws and policies that focus specifically on sex offenders, often with extensive public support. At the same time, the criminal justice community has increasingly recognized that crime control and prevention strategies—including those targeting sex offenders—are far more likely to work when they are based on scientific evidence.

Recognizing the important role scientific evidence plays, the SMART Office developed the Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI), a project designed to assess the state of research and practice in sex offender management. Recommendations stemming from SOMAPI informed this report.

SOMAPI Webinar Series

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is hosting a new webinar series based on the SMART Office's Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI) report. These webinars are designed to provide policymakers and practitioners with trustworthy, up-to-date information they can use to identify and implement what works to combat sexual offending and prevent sexual victimization.

Find out more here: What Do We Know About Sexual Offending and Sex Offender Management and Treatment? A Webinar Series Presenting the Evidence from State-of-the-Art Research.