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Section 3: Lecture Content and Teaching Notes
Components of Supervision: Specialized Approaches to Managing Sex Offenders

3 hours

TOPIC: LENGTHENING PERIODS OF SUPERVISION AND AUTHORIZING LIFETIME SUPERVISION
(5 minutes)

Use Slide # SymbolUse Slide #33: Lengthening Periods of Supervision
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Some states have enacted legislation that permits or requires lifetime probation or parole supervision for certain types of sex offenders. This is an acknowledgement that this offense behavior extends over many years and that, even with progress on some fronts, the risk of relapse remains.31

In Arizona, after conviction for certain felony offenses, probation may continue for a term up to and including life that the court believes is appropriate for the ends of justice. The Specialized Sex Offender Unit in the Maricopa County (Phoenix) Adult Probation Department indicates that lifetime probation has many advantages, including that it—

  • Provides the ability to assess risk and manage sex offender cases proactively over an extended period of time;
  • Allows for the monitoring of true pedophiles (those offenders who have a primary arousal to children) over the course of their lifetimes;
  • Allows for comprehensive family treatment and observation of family contact and reunification dynamics; and
  • Allows for the monitoring and prevention of multigenerational offenders (e.g., brother, son, grandson, etc.).