This Action Guide was designed to assist tribal jurisdictions to improve and strengthen their practice with respect to sex offender management in Indian Country. This resource is centered around the Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management (see, e.g., CSOM, 2008), a framework that was designed for jurisdictions to consider when building an informed, integrated set of sex offender management policies and practices to promote victim and community safety. This Action Guide was developed to allow tribes to consider the steps that could be undertaken in order to implement a comprehensive sex offender management system while recognizing the unique cultural norms, traditions, and values that guide responses to crimes; the potential for limited resources and capacity with respect to law enforcement, victim advocacy and services, treatment programming, community supervision, and monitoring; complex jurisdictional issues relative to federal, state, local, and tribal entities; and other challenges that may be present in Indian Country.
Specifically, this guide will provide users with an overview of the Comprehensive Approach and its fundamental principles, and a description of each of its key elements that should be considered by tribal leaders and practitioners as they consider implementing a strategic approach to managing sex offenders in their communities. Each of the following elements of a Comprehensive Approach will be summarized:
- Investigation, Prosecution, and Disposition;
- Reentry; and
- Registration and Community Notification.
This guide is presented in sections to facilitate its use:
- Tab 1: Goals of this Guide and How to Use It.
- Tab 2: Background and Introduction highlights key issues pertaining to sexual victimization in Indian Country, introduces the Comprehensive Approach, and sets the context for applying the model to sex offender management policies and practices by tribes.
- Tab 3: The Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management provides a more detailed narrative summary of the empirical research, other professional literature, and/or emerging practice relevant to sex offender management, and addresses culturally responsive implications for implementing this model approach by tribes.
- Tab 4: What You Can Do details specific steps stakeholders can take to enhance each component of the Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management in Indian Country.
- Tab 5: References provides citations of the research and other literature upon which this Action Guide is based.
- Tab 6: Links lists helpful sex offender management and tribal-specific resources for those interested in pursuing training and technical assistance and/or interested in supplementing their knowledge on this topic.
- Tab 7: Acknowledgments.