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Probation & Parole - Probation - Sex Offenders

Charles Murray was sentenced to 95 months' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, and as part of that sentence was required to fulfill "various special conditions of supervised release that, for example, require(d) him to register as a sex offender and to submit to unannounced searches of his computer," according to the decision.

The assessment, treatment, and risk management of persons who have sexually offended is of considerable interest to a wide variety of stakeholder groups, including legislators and policymakers, court and law enforcement personnel, corrections and community supervision staff, mental health clinicians, victim advocates, and the community-at-large, among others. Many of these stakeholders have expressed concerns regarding the potential for sexual recidivism and other harms posed by offenders released to the community. As a consequence, most jurisdictions have enacted legislative frameworks to manage those risks.

The past 40 years have been witness to significant growth in our understanding of the dynamics of sexual offending, the people who engage in these behaviors and how best to assess their risk for reoffending, and what treatment and supervision interventions are most likely to result in success. In this context, success may be defined as: (1) greater community safety, and (2) safe and humane reintegration opportunities for offenders returning to the community.

This report is intended to provide a comprehensive review of best practices in the assessment, treatment, and risk management of persons who have sexually offended. 

The goal of this videoconference is to enhance the ability of probation and parole agency staff (line officers, supervisors, and policymakers/administrators) to supervise sex offenders in the community more effectively. Topics addressed include:

  • Overview of sex offenders and their victims;
  • The victim-centered approach to sex offender supervision;
  • The role of collaboration in a comprehensive approach to supervision;
  • The containment approach to supervision;
  • Sex offender treatment in the context of community supervision;
  • The use of the polygraph as a supervision and treatment tool;
  • Assessment of sex offenders;
  • Presentence investigations (PSI) of sex offenders;
  • Case/planning/maintaining the case file;
  • Case work in various settings;
  • And responding to violations.
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A portion of sex offenders are actively being supervised by the Nevada Department of Public Safety Division of Parole and Probation. Such offenders are being supervised while on probation, parole, or lifetime supervision. Nevada law has defined those conditions that a sex offender must follow while on probation. Though the conditions for parole or lifetime supervision differ slightly, the bulk of these conditions are imposed for the majority of sex offenders under supervision.

“The Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS) is a statistically-derived dynamic measure designed to aid clinicians, correctional caseworkers, and probation and parole officers in assessing risk, treatment and supervision needs, and progress among adult males who have been convicted of one or more qualifying sexual offenses and committed at least one of these sexual offenses after their 18th birthday … SOTIPS item scores are intended to reflect an individual's relative treatment and supervision needs on each risk factor. The SOTIPS total score is intended to provide an estimation of an individual's overall level of dynamic risk and need for supervision and treatment” (p. 1). Sections of this manual include: overview and administration; item descriptions and scoring criteria; and the SOTIPS scoring sheet.

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The defendant will be supervised by the probation officer and will comply with the following Additional Conditions of probation until further order of the court...

Results are presented from "a national survey of stakeholders invested in the successful reentry of adults convicted of sexual offenses … The survey findings reveal variability regarding the extent to which respondents’ beliefs about various sex offender-related matters align with current research." Findings are provided for: applied reentry strategies; understanding relevant research about recidivism, risk factors, principles of effective correctional intervention, sex offender-specific risk assessment tools, longer sentences, community supervision, violations of post-release conditions, community supports, sex offense-specific treatment, residence restrictions, GPS or electronic monitoring, and registration and notification; reported barriers to reentry; and reported priority needs for additional training or technical assistance.

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