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

3 hours

(5 minutes)


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At the conclusion of this section, you will be able to identify the key components or tools of community supervision and explain how they can be used to supervise sex offenders more safely and effectively in the community.

The roles of the probation/parole officer in managing a sex offender are somewhat different than they are in managing other types of criminal offenders. The potential harm involved in a sex offending relapse is significant enough to merit a greater application of time and resources than in many other cases. In addition, we know that the great majority of sex offenses do not just "happen." As such, we can and must tailor supervision strategies to focus upon and address the risky behaviors that precede re-offenses. It is very important to reexamine the traditional components of supervision in light of these two factors. These components are—

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  • Caseload organization—specialization
  • The pre-sentence investigation
  • Assessment
  • Classification
  • Pre-sentence recommendations
  • Conditions of supervision
  • The case plan
  • Maintaining the case file
  • Surveillance
  • Statutory requirements: community notification, registration, DNA testing
  • Lengthening periods of supervision and authorizing lifetime supervision

(Note that there are components of supervision strategy and practice, not steps in a sex offender case management protocol.)