The Management of Sexual Offenders

The Management of Sexual Offenders

From the Council on Sex Offender Treatment

1.Public Safety - The majority of sex offenders eventually return to the community. It is imperative that community corrections programs use treatment as an adjunct to supervision and thereby increase safeguards for the community.

2.Victims - Treated offenders are more likely to make restituation efforts and be available to contribute to the victim's treatment process.

3.Cost Effective -Sex offender treatment is cost effective. A 1% reduction in recidivism pays for the treatment of all treated sex offenders by reducing costs related to investigation, trials, incarceration, victims, and supervision. Any further reduction in recidivism results in cost savings to the state.

How Sex Offenders Should Be Treated

1.Sanctions Paired with Treatment Availability - All adjudicated sex offenders should be evaluated for suitable treatment. Programs should use research supported models. Treatment may include options for voluntary psycho-pharmacological options as indicated by the treating professional.

2.Treatment Approach - Sex offender treatment is different from traditional psychotherapy. It is more confrontive, directive, structured, and focused. Information is shared with other treatment team members, including justice officials.

3.Accountability - Sex offender treatment forces offenders to face the consequences of their behavior on their victims and society.

4.Community Supervision - Sex offender treatment enhances specialized community supervision for paroled and probated sex offenders by monitoringhigh risk behavior.

5.Juvenile Sex Offenders - Most sex offending begins during adolescence. The earlier treatment is offered, the more likely it is to prevent continual sexual offending. Upon first referral to authorities, suspected juvenile sex offenders should be evaluated by a qualified treatment provider. Where appropriate, treatment should be available.

6.Treatment Providers - Sex offender treatment requires specialized training and should be conducted by Registered or Affiliate Sex Offender Treatment Providers.

7.Mutual or Self-Help Groups - Mutual help groups are not a substitute for treatment. Their most appropriate role is in aftercare, following intensive, specialized treatment.

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