How to Evaluate Adult Sex Offenders
Communities are concerned about the risk posed by sex offenders and how best to manage that risk. Some concern is well-founded because some sex offenders are dangerous but not all are equally dangerous. It should be the job of criminal justice professionals to gather and accurately interpret information about potential risk and then implement strategies about how to manage that risk. The accurate evaluation of a sex offender’s risk and treatment needs is an essential first step in this process.
How to Evaluate Adult Sex Offenders is book being prepared by Dr. Brake which provides an explanation of the procedures and protocols involved in such a process. The book explains how to conduct a post-conviction sex-offense-specific evaluation as well as how to conduct an updated evaluation which measures an offender’s progress in treatment. Various evaluation tools are discussed including different kinds of psychological tests, sexual arousal and interest measures, and actuarial risk assessment guidelines. The role of polygraph testing and computer use analysis in determining risk and treatment compliance is explained. A decision matrix for recommending various treatment dispositions is provided along with a discussion of the current controversy about the effectiveness of treatment and supervision in managing sex offenders.
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