Response Paper On Sexual Offenders

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Chapter 6: Response Paper

Sexual offenders refer to sexual acts against a victim’s will and includes a wide range of behaviors ranging from exposing oneself in a public place to rape. Probation and parole officers have the difficult task of working with sexual offenders and trying to help them during their rehabilitation process. From researching different sources, I have concluded that risk assessment, treatment, supervision, and restrictions/registration have effectively helped by working with sexual offenders in the community.
Risk assessment is useful as a validated tool that provides a gauge of the offender’s tendency to commit additional criminal activity and indicates the level of intervention necessary. According to the NGA (1), “Most of the currently used sex offender risk instruments are designed solely to gather information on static factors, or those features of an individual’s experience that are unchangeable. These factors can be used to assess long-term recidivism potential, but not to identify treatment needs or to predict the timing of a re-offense.” The risk assessment is a preventative strategy that helps probation officers assess the offender so they can determine whether the offender is a risk to the community or what type of treatment they will need. A main example of a risk assessment would be Static-99. According to Static99 (2), “Static- 99 is a ten item actuarial assessment instrument created by R. Karl Hanson, PH.D. and David Thornton , Ph. D.
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