Since 1990, many states have developed specialized polygraph testing programs to reduce recidivism and to assist in the treatment and monitoring of convicted sex offenders after they are released back into the community on probation or parole. The Court orders the convicted sex offenders to submit to initial and periodic polygraph testing as a condition of probation/parole to verify their compliance in treatment programs and their compliance with the terms and conditions of their probation/parole.
Post-conviction sex offender testing is available to all treatment providers, probation officers, and parole agents involved in the treatment, risk assessment, or supervision of convicted sex offenders on probation or parole or to those convicted sex offender inmate/patients committed to a state mental health facility on a civil commitment.
TYPES OF TESTS USED FOR PCSOT
DISCLOSURE TEST - INSTANT OFFENSE:
This is a treatment test to assist the treatment providers. The purpose of this test is to verify or break the offender’s denial of guilt (all or in part) to the offense(s) for which he has been convicted so that treatment can be more effective. If the offender denies guilt to the instant or conviction offense(s), two specific tests may be conducted.
One test is used to examine the offender’s denial to all or any part of the reported instant offense(s); the other test is used to examine additional, but unreported, sexual violations of the victim in order to obtain a full disclosure. The victim(s), especially a child victim, may be too embarrassed or reluctant to disclose all the specific sexual acts he or she was subjected to or perhaps the victim(s) was threatened to keep the full victimization secret. If these unreported acts are not disclosed, the offender has been allowed to continue in treatment without admitting the full extent of his actions with the victim.
DISCLOSURE TEST – SEXUAL HISTORY:
The offender’s sexual history relates to his lifetime sexual acts prior to his date of conviction on his instant offense(s). According to the experts in this area, appropriate treatment can only be successful if the offender’s complete sexual history is disclosed to the treatment providers. This information assists the treatment providers in the development of effective and appropriate treatment plans and goals.
The purpose of this test is to explore the offender’s sexual history, including the identification of additional victims, additional illegal sexual acts, and other sexual deviance to determine whether the offender is withholding pertinent information about his sexual history.
This test is used as a tool to help reduce recidivism and monitors a time period from the offender’s date of conviction (date of probation/parole) to the present. The purpose of this test is to verify the offender has not been involved in any new illegal sexual acts while on probation or parole.
MAINTENANCE TEST FOR PROBATION/PAROLE VIOLATIONS:
This test is also particularly useful in reducing the probability of recidivism and therefore also monitors a time period from the offender’s date of conviction (date of probation/parole) to the present.
The purpose of this test is to determine whether the offender has violated any terms or conditions of his probation or parole as established by the Court, such as having contact with the victim or their families, “grooming” anyone as a new potential victim, being at or around places where children are known to be, viewing pornography, using illegal drugs or alcohol, or any other issue that would show the offender has violated the terms and conditions of his probation or parole.
The results of this test are used to assist the supervision specialists (probation officers or parole agents) in developing supervision strategies and in assessing risk while the offender is on probation or parole.
MAINTENANCE TEST FOR TREATMENT ISSUES:
This test monitors a time period from the offender’s date of conviction (date of probation/parole) to the present. The purpose of this test is to assist treatment providers in developing individual treatment plans and goals and to assist in evaluating risk while on probation or parole.