Is it Time for Australia to adopt Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA)?

Kelly Richards

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    Abstract

    Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA)—an innovative process for reintegrating child sex offenders into the community after a period of incarceration— have not yet been firmly established in any Australian jurisdiction. This is the case despite their widespread use in Canada, the United Kingdom, and parts of the United States of America, and despite a growing body of research evidence that demonstrates their efficacy in reducing recidivism among child sex offenders. This Contemporary Comment outlines the emergence of COSA and the existing evidence in support of COSA. It argues that COSA should be piloted in Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)483-490
    JournalCurrent Issues in Criminal Justice
    Volume22
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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