Minutes from 1/5/16 Meeting (Approved 2/24/16)

Special Commission to Reduce the Recidivism of Sex Offenders
January 5, 2016, 9-11 am
One Ashburton Place, 11th Floor, Matta Conference Room, Boston, MA

Meeting Minutes

Materials provided or presented at Commission Meeting:

Draft Minutes from 10/27/15 Meeting

Agenda for 1/5/16 Meeting

Draft Prevention Statement

Draft Sentencing Statement

Draft Statement on Interagency Cooperation to Address Sex Offender Recidivism

Draft Report: Actuarials and Data

Commissioners Present:

Co-Chair William N. Brownsberger, State Senator
Co-Chair Paul Brodeur, State Representative
Joan B. Lovely, State Senator
Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., Esq
Larni Levy, Esq., Committee for Public Counsel Services
Nancy Connolly, Psy.D., Program Director, Mentally Ill/Problematic Sexual Behavior, Program of the Department of Mental Health
Raymond Knight, Ph.D., Gryzmish Professor of Human Relations, Department of Psychology, Brandeis University
Laurie L. Guidry, Psy.D., President, Center for Integrative Psychological Services, Inc., and President, Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
Maureen Gallagher, Director of Policy, Jane Doe, Inc.
Kevin Hayden, Acting Chair, Sex Offender Registry Board
District Attorney Marian Ryan

Commissioners Absent:

Evandro Carvalho, State Representative (represented by designee Peter Roby)
Robyn Kennedy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth, and Families
Edward J. Dolan, Commissioner, MA Probation Service (represented by designee, Brian Mirasolo)
Secretary Daniel J. Bennett (represented by designee Brian Domoretsky)
The Special Commission to Reduce the Recidivism of Sex Offenders began its meeting with Senator Brownsberger explaining that the meeting would proceed with each drafting group reporting on the status of its work, rather than by reviewing each draft, as most of the drafts had only been submitted recently and many Commissioners would not have had the opportunity to review them.
The Commission approved the draft minutes from the 10/27/15 meeting. The vote was unanimous among all Commissioners present and voting. Several Commissioners had not yet arrived at the time of the vote.

After the group who had prepared a draft report on actuarials and data discussed their work to date, the Commission, including members of the group, agreed that the group would meet again and revisit their draft so as to come up with a proposal that reflected a true consensus.

The Commission decided to meet again on February 24, 2016 from 9-11 am. The actuarials and data drafting group agreed to submit a new draft by February 17, 2016. The Commission decided that comments related to the other drafts should be submitted by email to Anne Johnson Landry, Committee Counsel and Policy Advisor to Senator Brownsberger, at annejohnson.landry@masenate.gov by the end of January. The Commission decided that Attorney Landry should then send these comments to the drafting groups for their consideration and incorporation into their drafts.

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