Civil Commitment of Sexual Predators: A Study in Policy Implementation

Civil Commitment of Sexual Predators: A Study in Policy Implementation
Andrew J. Harris
August 2005

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-095-9 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xvi, 272 pages

Price   $70.00

"The scholarship, substance, and depth of the Harris book connot be challenged." -- Criminal Justice Review


Harris examines the implementation of state policies providing for the involuntary civil commitment of "sexually violent predators" (SVP¹s). His analysis utilizes data drawing from six states between 1990 and 1999. He finds the policies to be robust, with a significant political base of support and validation from the courts¹.. However, operationally the policies face an increasing population, arising from a steady flow of new commitments and a negligible number of discharges. Harris concludes that the policies¹ long range sustainability is contingent upon significant funding, and that their organizational and legal viability may be undermined if resources fail to keep pace with the growing population.

About the Author

Andrew J. Harris is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a principal with Public Policy Solutions, a consulting firm based in Massachusetts. He has held multiple senior management positions in human service, criminal justice, and policy-making agencies in Massachusetts and New York City.