Circles Of Support and Accountability
CoSA Vancouver / Fraser Valley
Member of CoSA Canada
CoSA is a unique and innovative community justice initiative for post release support and accountability of sex offenders in and by the community. CoSA VFV also provides education about online sexual offenders and community sexual abuse and how to create safe communities for all.
Articles and research about CoSA and keeping the community safe
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Extensive research has been published on CoSA both in Canada and internationally. CoSA Vancouver/Fraser Valley has also participated in two research projects funded by the federal government. Below is a bibliography, with links to online articles where available, on the importance of support for released sex offenders.
Canadian research and publications:
Chouinard, J. A. & C. Roddick (2014). An Evaluation of the Circles of Support and Accountability Demonstration Project, Church Council on Justice and Corrections.
Wilson, R. J., F. Cortoni, & A.J. McWhinnie “Circles of Support & Accountability: A Canadian national replication of outcome findings”, (2009). Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research & Treatment, 21, 412-430.
Wilson, R. J., J.E. Picheca, & M. Prinzo (2005). Circles of Support & Accountability: An evaluation of the pilot project in South-Central Ontario, [Research Report R-168] Ottawa, ON: Correctional Service of Canada.
McWhinnie, A.J., & Wilson, R.J. (2005). Courageous Communities: Circles of Support and Accountability with Individuals Who Have Committed Sexual Offences. Restorative Practices E-Forum, 1-3.
Wilson, R. J., L. Stewart, T. Stirpe, M. Barrett, & J.E. Cripps (2000).“Community-based sex offender management: Combining parole supervision and treatment to reduce recidivism”, Canadian Journal of Criminology, 42, 177-188.
International research and publications:
R.J. Wilson, R. J., & A.J. McWhinnie (2010). “Circles of Support & Accountability: An innovative approach to community-based risk management for high-risk sexual offenders”, in M. Herzog-Evans (ed.), Transnational criminology manual. Oisterwijk, Netherlands: Wolf Legal Publishing.
R.J. Wilson, R. J., J.E. Picheca, & M. Prinzo (2007).“Evaluating the effectiveness of professionally-facilitated volunteerism in the community-based management of high risk sexual offenders: PART ONE—Effects on participants and stakeholders”, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 46, 289-302.
R.J. Wilson, R. J., J.E. Picheca, & M. Prinzo (2007). “Evaluating the effectiveness of professionally-facilitated volunteerism in the community-based management of high risk sexual offenders: PART TWO—A comparison of recidivism rates”, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 46, 327-337.
Brown, R.E. & Y. Dandurand, Y “Successful Strategies that Contribute to Safer Communities”, (2007). Paper prepared for 16 the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Vienna, Austria.