Questions

Support for Treatment

  1. Do the following policymakers/key stakeholders receive specialized training about contemporary research pertaining to adult and juvenile sex offenders, victims, and effective management practices (e.g., sex offender treatment outcomes, cost–benefit analyses):
    • Legislators?
    • Corrections administrators?
    • Community supervision administrators?
    • Juvenile justice agency administrators?
    • Judges and magistrates?
    • Parole boards?
    • Child welfare administrators?
    • Social services administrators?
    • Prosecuting attorneys/district attorneys?
    • Defense attorneys?
    • Leaders from the victim advocacy community?
  2. Do key policymakers/agency administrators receive program data (e.g., recidivism, treatment outcomes, cost–benefit analyses) about statewide/ local adult and juvenile sex offender treatment programs?
  3. Are active steps taken to provide the public with specialized information about sex offenders, victims, and effective management practices (e.g., treatment outcomes, cost–benefit analyses)?
  4. Do the courts and court officers demonstrate support for sex offender treatment in the following ways:
    • Ensuring that charging decisions and plea negotiations do not inadvertently undermine sex offender treatment?
    • Becoming familiar with local sex offender treatment resources?
    • Attending/providing information at treatment conferences?
    • Inviting treatment providers to speak about adult and juvenile sex offender management at judicial education events?
    • Requiring/ordering specialized treatment when warranted?
  5. Do criminal and juvenile justice agencies support sex offender treatment in the following ways:
    • Embracing a rehabilitation–oriented philosophy as a means of enhancing community safety?
    • Securing necessary resources to develop, maintain, or expand sex offender treatment capacity?
    • Ensuring ongoing specialized training is available for treatment staff?
    • Developing policies that promote collaboration and information–sharing?
    • Using the leverage of the contracting process to increase expectations and accountability for treatment providers (when sex offender treatment is contracted)?
  6. Do members of the public support adult and juvenile sex offender treatment in the following ways:
    • Working with local government officials to expand community–based resources for victims and their families?
    • Influencing policymakers to enact rehabilitation–oriented legislation as a means of enhancing public safety?
    • Serving as members of community support networks?
    • Eliminating barriers to employment and housing for sex offenders?
  7. Do legislators support adult and juvenile sex offender treatment in the following ways:
    • Prioritizing funding for prevention efforts and rehabilitative services as a means of enhancing public safety?
    • Requiring agencies to implement evidence–based programming?
    • Requiring agencies to demonstrate outcomes?
    • Establishing sex offender management boards, endorsing guidelines or standards, or supporting certification processes for treatment providers?
    • Partnering with researchers and other stakeholders to develop evidence–based policies?
  8. Do treatment providers facilitate the support of adult and juvenile sex offender treatment in the following ways:
    • Participating on multidisciplinary case management teams as an equal and open partner?
    • Expanding graduate training capacity by providing didactic presentations, specialized coursework, field placements, and clinical supervision?
    • Establishing networks or alliances to create cross–training activities, peer consultation venues, and informal and formal opportunities to keep abreast of current research and practices?
    • Ensuring that facility–based and community–based treatment interventions are complementary of one another in order to facilitate continuity of care?
    • Instituting quality assurance mechanisms and participating in treatment outcomes evaluations?
    • Practicing ethically and responsibly, and ensuring the ethical and responsible practice of colleagues/peers?