The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3168.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - Board 5

Abstract #74414

Filling the Tool Box: What Probation / Parole Personnel Require to Properly Manage and Treat Convicted Sex Offenders

Jewel S. Goodman, MPA, Donald W. Parker, MS, and Stacey B Plichta, ScD. College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University, 129 Spong Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529, (757) 934-2101, jgood010@odu.edu

Since the 1996 passing of Meganís Law requiring convicted sex offenders to register in the community where they live, the publicís awareness has been heightened. 60% of all convicted sex offenders are receiving some form of community supervision in the US, thus an increasing interest in not only where these offenders live and work, but are they receiving effective treatment. This study examined responses of probation / parole agency personnel to determine their perception of challenges in effective management and treatment of convicted sex offenders. Data from the National Institute of Justiceís 1994 study of the Management of Sex Offenders by Probation and Parole Agencies in the United States were analyzed. 732 respondents were administered a 38-item questionnaire by telephone. Factors that impact management and treatment of sex offenders were identified. The top three management problems cited were nature of the offender (26%), lack of adequate resources (23%), and lack of community treatment options (14%). Factors named as important for effective management included additional therapy (27%), well trained/educated staff (17%), and manageable caseloads (12%). The top three behaviors causing revocation of parole or probation were reported as violation of terms/conditions of parole (41%), committing new offense (37%), and non-participation in treatment (10%). Probation and parole officers need adequate resources and effective treatment options to successfully prevent future violations of convicted sex offenders due to their inherent narcissistic nature. To lessen the vulnerability of our children, research into effective clinical treatment and management is necessary.

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Keywords: Sexual Assault, Treatment Efficacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA