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SECTION 837-R
Office of sex offender management
Executive (EXC) CHAPTER 18, ARTICLE 35
§ 837-r. Office of sex offender management. 1. Establishment of
office. There is hereby established within the division of criminal
justice services the office of sex offender management, hereinafter in
this section referred to as "the office."

2. Duties and responsibilities. The office, in consultation with the
commissioner of mental health, shall be responsible for policy matters
relating to sex offenders and the management of their behavior. Its
activities as to such matters shall include, but not be limited to:

(a) Studying issues relating to management of sex offender behavior in
consultation with experts, service providers and representative
organizations in the field of sex offender management;

(b) Serving as a clearinghouse for information and materials including
lists of treatment providers and other community resources for sex
offender management;

(c) Advising the governor and the legislature on the most effective
ways for state government to address issues of sex offender management;

(d) Coordinating and recommending sex offender management policy and
interagency initiatives including matters relating to risk assessment;
provision of treatment; supervision policy; the use of videoconferencing
and other tools to expedite hearings; the use of polygraphs, electronic
monitoring, and other supervisory tools; the sharing of information
among relevant agencies; residential issues; and other matters relating
to re-entry and integration into society;

(e) Developing recommendations as to standards, guidelines, best
practices, and qualifications for sex offender assessment, treatment,
and supervision;

(f) Acting as an advocate for sex offense victims and programs and
coordinating activities of other agencies with related functions;

(g) Developing and implementing campaigns of public awareness,
community outreach, and sex offense prevention;

(h) Coordinating programs of training and education for law
enforcement and treatment providers, judges, attorneys, and other
professionals; and

(i) Developing case management systems and other information
technology to support state activities in the management of sex offender
behavior.

3. Other state agencies shall provide cooperation and assistance to
the office so as to assist it in the effective performance of its
duties.