SEX OFFENDER TESTING:
Mindsight Consultants has pioneered this form of testing and it is regarded as a specialty within our firm. George Baranowski is the author of, Standard Guide E2080 Clinical Psychophysiological Detection of Deception for Sex Offenders – ASTM Committee E-52 Forensic Psychophysiology, published in 2000 and re-published 2006.
MANAGING SEX OFFENDERS IN THE COMMUNITY WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF POLYGRAPH TESTING
The remarkable success of the use of polygraph testing of individuals that are on some form of court supervision AND/OR treatment for sex related offense has been published in numerous studies and professional journals. Of importance however is the fact the field of “Clinical Polygraph Testing” (CPE), (which in some jurisdictions is referred to as “Post Conviction Sex Offender Testing (PCSOT), requires specialization because it is not regarded as traditional polygraph testing. The benefits however, regarding the protection of society, are immeasurable.
Clinical Polygraph Examinations can help focus attention on critical aspects of relapse prevention with sex offenders. Assessment testing in the form of sexual history examinations can help clarify an individual’s attraction to sexual deviancy and potentially high-risk situations. Maintenance testing can help ensure offenders refrain from reinforcing sexual deviancy and avoid risky situations. Monitoring examinations serve as “society’s early warning system” to ensure the offender has not re-offended while under supervision.
Sexual history polygraph testing helps therapists and supervising officers know more about the client’s offending and deviant experiences. Such testing obtains a more complete report of deviant history and provides important information about the individual’s specific high-risk situations, those circumstances that are truly on the road to re-offending. This information can help with the development of treatment interventions and strategies to contain potential risk to the community.
During the truly risky circumstances an offender should avoid can help shape meaningful external controls. These include rules the offender should practice while in treatment and under court examinations increase the likelihood of offenders adhering to externally imposed controls through practice and habituation. This is especially important over the long haul when external structure may recede.
Clinical Polygraph Testing serves to examine rule compliance and can bring attention to the fraying of external controls. If an offender is not willing or able to operate within the existing structure, then it may be necessary to impose additional external controls. Reducing the likelihood of re-offense to acceptable levels includes recognizing when an offender is at a high risk level of relapse. Clinical Polygraph Examinations (CPE) are but one part of a web of intervention and containment strategies. Nevertheless, CPE testing is an invaluable tool that can help elicit important information and provides a degree of protection that is otherwise unobtainable.
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