Minutes from 2/24/16 Meeting (Approved 3/7/16)

Special Commission to Reduce the Recidivism of Sex Offenders
February 24, 2016, 9-11 am
One Ashburton Place, Ashburton Cafe Conference Room, Boston, MA 02133

Meeting Minutes

Materials provided or presented at Commission Meeting:

Draft Minutes from 1/5/16 Meeting

Agenda for 2/24/16 Meeting

Draft Report 2: Actuarials and Data

Draft Report: Collateral Consequences

Commissioners Present:

Co-Chair William N. Brownsberger, State Senator
Co-Chair Paul Brodeur, State Representative
Joan B. Lovely, State Senator
Evandro Carvalho, State Representative
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 (joined by conference call)
Maureen Gallagher, Director of Policy, Jane Doe, Inc.
Kevin Hayden, Chair, Sex Offender Registry Board
District Attorney Marian Ryan (joined by conference call)
Robyn Kennedy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth, and Families

Commissioners Absent:
Edward J. Dolan, Commissioner, MA Probation Service (represented by designee, Brian Mirasolo)
Secretary Daniel J. Bennett (represented by designee Brian Domoretsky)

Sex Offender Registry Board Chair Kevin Hayden led a conversation about the impact of a recent Supreme Judicial Court decision, Doe, SORB No. 380316 v. Sex Offender Registry Board, on SORB’s caseload.

The Commission approved the draft minutes from the 1/5/16 meeting.

The Commissioners who had met to draft a consensus document relating to actuarials and data for consideration by the Commission indicated that they had been unable to reach consensus by the time of the meeting and that the draft presented reflected agreement among four Commissioners. Sex Offender Registry Board Chair Kevin Hayden would submit a separate document.

The Commission decided to compare and have a discussion about these two documents at the next Commission meeting, scheduled for March 7, 2016, at 9 am.

The Commission decided to focus the other half of the March 7th meeting on interagency cooperation. Commissioner Connolly would submit a written explanation of existing interagency cooperation for discussion at the next meeting. Representative Khan would present information on the development of her legislation relative to an interagency council on management of juvenile and adult sex offenders.

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