Today the Governor signed Executive Order S-09-06 which implements some of the early recommendations of the High Risk Sex Offender Taskforce. The Executive Order directs the department of corrections to change their practice in a few important ways:
* Conduct Sex Offender Risk Assessments while offenders are incarcerated instead of waiting until release
*give communities more time to prepare for release and transition of offenders (at least 45 days)
*use a validated risk assessment tool (the Static-99) to conduct risk assessments.
All of these changes are important victories in terms of community and victim safety –
CALCASA is pleased to be participating on the taskforce and looks forward to shaping more recommendations that will promote effective sex offender management and community safety.