The goal of this self-study course is to increase judges’ knowledge surrounding adult, male sex offender sentencing and management.
A Comprehensive Approach to the Management of Adult, Male Sex Offenders consists of six content modules, as well as a module specific to case studies. The six content modules will address numerous aspects of sex offender sentencing and management, such as understanding sex offenders, assessment, treatment, supervision, and sentencing.
The modules are independent so judges may approach them in any order, depending on their interest. Each module will take approximately one hour to complete.
After course completion, you will be able to:
- Separate facts from myths surrounding the sex offender population, and pinpoint variations within sex offender backgrounds.
- Identify common relationships between sex offenders and those victimized, and cite recent statistics on the prevalence of sex offenses in the United States.
- List examples of static and dynamic risk factors, and identify the types of assessment information that can be helpful for judges when sentencing sex offenders.
- Describe the evidence-based framework for effective sex-offensive specific treatment, and list key differences between ‘typical’ treatment and sex offense-specific treatment.
- List examples of specialized supervision conditions that may be particularly relevant for sex offenders, and identify evidence-based principles that should guide supervision with individuals who have committed sex offenses.
- Identify evidence-based principles that a judge may consider when sentencing sex offenders, and describe various ways for the court to receive victim impact statements.
This project was supported by the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this course are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.