The faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research. PHS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborators will present their work at our monthly faculty research presentations.
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August 8, 2012
Michael Miner, PhD
Professor and Coordinator of Forensic Assessments
"How SMART? Comparing Existing State Systems of Identifying High Risk Sex Offenders with the Adam Walsh Act Tiering System"
The Adam Walsh Child Protection Act mandated the standardization of sex offender registries and community notification procedures. One central component of this standardization was an offense based tiering system that was to determine how long an individual needed to register (10 years, 25 years, life) and how often they needed to report, in person, to law enforcement to update their registration information (annually, biannually, quarterly). Implicit in the tiering system is that the higher the tier level (1-3) the more dangerous the individual. This presentation will discuss this assumption and present data that compares the predictive validity of the proposed tiering system with existing systems in Minnesota, New Jersey, and Florida, and with a well-established and accepted actuarial risk prediction tool, STATIC-99R. The implications of these findings will be discussed from the perspective of public policy and the stated goal of the Adam Walsh Act.