Reframing the Sex Offender Register and Disclosure: From Monitoring and Control to Desistance and Prevention

  • Kieran McCartan
  • Hazel Kemshall
  • James Hoggett
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society book series (PSRCS)


Sexual harm is a high-profile issue, both nationally and internationally, with the number of perpetrators entering and being managed by the Criminal Justice System continually increasing. These increases in the sexual offender population are the result of a ‘perfect storm’ of disclosures, reporting, recording, sentencing, and community management. The ever increasing sex offender population places additional pressure on existing risk management services (i.e., Police, Probation, Prison, etc.) already under financial, political, and practical strain. Such strain ultimately means that sex offender risk management becomes about bureaucracy, cost saving, risk aversion, and an audit culture rather than innovation and adaption. This chapter will consider the implications of this growing offender population and its impact on the current risk management system, posing the questions: Are we looking at this from the correct perspective and are we getting the most out of the existing system?


Sex offender registration Disclosure Desistance Management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kieran McCartan
    • 1
  • Hazel Kemshall
    • 2
  • James Hoggett
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandBristolUK
  2. 2.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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