Informing Policy

The ALLY Foundation achievements to date have focused largely on policy initiatives and raising public awareness, particularly among practitioners, criminal justice stakeholders, and policy makers.  These include helping pass Bill 1005, The Sexually Dangerous Commitment Law in Massachusetts, partnering with the Boston Municipal Court Department to develop a sex offense court initiative, and developing a network of likeminded individuals and organizations dedicated to the goal of preventing sexual violence.  The ALLY Foundation has been a regular participant, contributor and keynote presenter in countless state and national Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers (ATSA) conferences, authored numerous articles and policy papers, has been invited by members of the State Legislature to consult on the content of an Omnibus Sex Offender Bill, and was included the White House for the signing of The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, in which Ally was named, and presented subsequent legislative briefings on the barriers to the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act.

Based on the research and evidence collected at the ALLY Institute at RAND, The ALLY Foundation can pursue legislative and policy initiatives.  The ALLY Institute will support policy analysis to extend the evidence base in critical areas and propose innovative policy solutions to more effectively address sex offender management and policy. The ALLY Institute will conduct timely analyses of policy issues, produce white papers on key topics and disseminate findings, including through congressional and policy briefings, conference presentations, and individual meetings with policymakers and practitioners.  As key gaps are identified, these priority areas will initiate new innovative research.  

Preventing Sexual Violence Through Science and Innovation
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