Public sector and voluntary sector responses: dealing with sex offenders
Hazel Kemshall is currently Professor of Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University and a board member for the Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust, an appointment she particularly values having spent her early career as a probation officer in that area. Her current Chair was the first in Criminal Justice at De Montfort, and the inclusion of ‘Community’ in the title is particularly important as it reflects both departmental and personal commitment to issues of community justice. All her career has been spent either working with or researching high-risk offenders. She has been privileged to be involved in the development of multi-agency public protection arrangements across the UK, and evaluations of alternative responses such as public awareness campaigns and environmental management such as Stop It Now! and the Derwent Initiative. She is particularly keen to see greater practical success in engaging the public in policy responses to the management of sex offenders, and in projects directly concerned with the community management of sex offenders such as Leisurewatch or Circles of Support. Such initiatives can reduce vigilantism and erode the unhelpful stereotype of the public as irrational, punitive and ‘media dupes’.