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Section 2: Lecture Content and Teaching Notes
Innovative Approaches to Supervision of Sex Offenders in the Community

3 hours, 55 minutes

(5 minutes)


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At the conclusion of this section, you will be able to describe at least three innovations in sex offender supervision that have emerged in recent probation and parole practice, including:

  • A victim-centered approach to sex offender supervision;
  • A collaborative approach to sex offender supervision, in particular the Containment Approach and the use of the polygraph as a sex offender management tool; and
  • Supervision networks.

As we cover the topics in this section, questions may arise about how to put them into practice. Later sections of the training will cover specific strategies, such as interviewing, in some detail. In those sections, we'll cover the components of supervision—the tools probation officers use and the activities in which they engage during supervision. These include caseload specialization, the case plan, the pre-sentence investigation, and case work in various settings.

This section explores the ways in which supervision agencies are developing and combining the innovations listed here and forging relationships with other agencies and disciplines to enhance their approaches to supervising sex offenders in their communities. In one way or another, each of these innovations is premised on the recognition that it is necessary to reach out to other individuals, agencies, and resources to create a more comprehensive capacity to manage sex offenders in the community.