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.

Using Risk Assessment Instrumentation

Using risk assessment instrumentation

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.

— George Bernard Shaw

If one were to sit in on the country's sex offender civil commitment hearings, one could easily leave those hearings with the impression that the main criterion for commitment is whether or not the subject was beyond a specified degree of recidivism risk. Although diagnostic issues can be argued vigorously, the other clinical criterion is far more commonly the topic of hours and even days of elicited testimony. Statutorily, both clinical criteria are of equal importance, as both equally need to be demonstrated by prosecutors for the state for someone to be committed. From an expert witness' perspective, however, the risk ...

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