Evaluating Sex Offenders is the first and only "how to" book describing the complete sex offender civil commitment evaluation. Aimed at helping practitioners, clinicians, counselors, and parole officers assess risk and evaluate offenders who have been convicted of a sex crime, the text offers readers a step-by-step description of what examiners need to know, including information gathering, interviewing offenders, and writing reports. Chapter topics include: defining risk; data gathering; diagnostic issues; recidivism base rates; risk factor lists; actuarial scales; instrumentation (violent and sexual); the evaluation report; presenting in court; ethical issues.

Procedures for Conducting the Assessment

Procedures for conducting the assessment

Franklin: Have you ever thought, Headmaster, that your standards might perhaps be a little out of date?

Headmaster: Of course they're out of date. Standards are always out of date. That is what makes them standards.

— Alan Bennett, Forty Years On

The previous chapter delineated the components of the sex offender civil commitment evaluation “referral questions.” This chapter describes the general procedures by which evaluators should go about the task of answering those questions.

National Standards

Early in the process of the implementation of these civil commitment laws, there was no clearly explicated set of national standards setting forth all procedures for these types of evaluations. Examiners employed the generally accepted methods employed for other types of forensic assessments. These ...

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