The physiological basis of problematic sexual interests and behaviors. It offers a finely detailed evidence base on this problematic class of offenders, including the complex interactions of biophysiological and environmental factors that contribute to criminal sexual behavior.
In addition, civil commitment can provide opportunities for these individuals to receive treatment interventions that may reduce their potential to recidivate upon release to the community, particularly offenders for whom specialized treatment was not available in the prison setting.
Typically, these laws provide a legal mechanism for the confinement of a limited number of adult sexual offenders in a secure treatment facility after incarceration when a court determines they are likely to engage in future acts of sexual violence. Second, there is concern about the legitimacy of detaining someone as a mentally ill person when there is some doubt about the accessibility of effective treatment.
Editors view affiliations William T. Raymond Joslyn, Jorge R. Staff in civil commitment facilities and programs should be adequately trained, qualified, and appropriately licensed and supervised.
Edward J. Sexual predator assessments should be conducted using empirically validated risk assessment instruments, measures, and methods. Front Matter Pages i-xi. Among the topics covered: Civil commitment of sex offenders.
Risk assessment is a process for determining the likelihood of reoffense, utilizing specific factors, with specific scoring rules, that places a specific sex offender within a certain risk group. Chapters discuss a wide range of assessment issues and instruments central to SVP evaluation, and the possibilities for developing interventions that address individual motivations and behaviors to reduce the risk of reoffending.
Ahrendt, William T.