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To Catch A Predator, and then Commit Him for Life: Sexual Offender Risk Assessment - Part Two
By John Matthew Fabian
Editor's Note: Part One appeared in the Februrary 2009 issue of The Champion.
There are various issues, such as the assessment of psychiatric diagnoses, that a practicing attorney should be knowledgeable about in civil commitment cases. Part One discussed the legal constructs of the Adam Walsh Act, with a particular emphasis on the civil commitment of sexually dangerous persons. Part Two has a clinical focus, with an emphasis on the fields of forensic psychology and psychiatry and how they function within the psycholegal landscape of sex offender risk assessment in civil commitment cases. Included is a discussion of factors predicting the selection of sexually violent predators for state civil commitment.
This article offers recommendations for lawyers and expert witnesses to consider when assessing the federal sex offender. Some of these offenders will be hands-off (non-contact) offenders who have a history of solicitation and pornography possession-type sexual crimes. They are somewhat
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