Supervision / Stats
Sex Offender Supervision/Stats
Supervision of sex offenders continues to be given the Department’s highest priority statewide (Refer to illustration #1). Probation and Parole continues to conduct annual audits of the districts, which shows the hard work of the districts, especially the supervising officers who are holding the offenders accountable for their actions. Mandatory contacts are being made as per standards and supervisors conduct frequent reviews of these highly complex and sensitive cases and have exhibited an unwavering commitment to supervision of these offenders.
(Illustration #1 Specialized sex offender cases by Region at the end of fiscal year 2006-2007)
The Division’s sex offender treatment program continues and is available in 15 of the 19 districts. Private providers are also being utilized to treat sex offenders. Probation and Parole continues to broaden its relationship with the treatment provider community in an effort to make treatment available in all areas of the state.
The Division completed the planning stage of a Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) grant and is awaiting future grant money in order to continue strengthening its approach to supervising sex offenders in the community. Some of the goals are to provide sex offender specific training for the Probation and Parole officer, analyze and evaluate sex offender risk assessments and implement same, and remain victim centered in our approach to supervision of these cases.
In 2006, Probation and Parole began to implement some of these goals and has completed training staff in the use of the Static 99 (sex offender specific assessment tool) and has completed assessing all sex offender cases with this instrument. The Division is currently analyzing sex offender supervision policies and standards to determine what specific changes to incorporate. In conjunction with the implementation of a sex offender specific assessment tool, Probation and Parole has instituted a GPS monitoring program and currently has 100 units in operation. In addition to these changes, the Division has the capability to conduct polygraphs on sex offenders and plans to develop policies and procedures in the upcoming months that would enable it to take advantage of this invaluable tool.
In the coming year, Probation and Parole will continue to be vigilant in managing sex offenders in the community. The Division will continue to identify and evaluate this population of offenders statewide in an effort to supervise them at the appropriate level which best protects the community, striving to identify undesirable behavior before it leads to further victimization.