Sexual Offender Management

polygraph examinations Sexual Offender managementPolygraph examinations are used as part of the treatment, management and containment of post conviction sexual offenders. The use of polygraph examinations with sex offenders is akin to using urinalysis testing with convicted drug offenders. But there’s more to it than that. It enables case workers to not only monitor the progress with post conviction sexual offenders, but help treat, and even help predict possible repeat offenses, protecting the public at large and preventing new crimes.

Most sexual offenders live in a world of lies. They spend their lives getting deceiving people into believing they are “normal”. Only a tiny minority of containment professionals (psychologists, parole officers, police, etc.) believe that sex offenders will suddenly begin telling the truth when they are placed under correctional supervision1.

Benefits of Polygraph Exams in Post Conviction Sex Offender Cases

  • Risk predictability – Polygraphs enable containment managers to detect predictive risk indicators
    • Good containment reveals bad behaviors, and that’s the path toward public safety.

      - Kim English Research Director,
      Colorado Department of Public Safety

      High-Risk Behaviors – Such as use of pornography, masturbating to deviant fantasies, obscene phone calls or internet activity, stalking, bestiality, and giving alcohol/drugs to a potential victim were reported.

    • Deviant sexual arousal, indicated by phallometric measures of sexual preference, was found to predict new sex crime convictions in both rapists2 and child molesters.
    • Accurate prior sexual offending history ((Hall, 1995; Hansen et al., 1992; Marshall and Barbaree, 1988; Rice et al., 1991; Rice and Harris, 1997)) remains one of the strongest predictors of subsequent sex crime arrests and convictions.
  • Identifying possible victim profiles – Data from polygraph testing revealed that the proportion offenses against adult women tripled to 39%. Lie detection data also discovered that in reality: the proportion of offenders with girl victims ages 6 to 9 more than tripled, from 20% to 64% and that 21% of incest offenders crossover between Types of Victims (to non-family). Besides the cumulative data, polygraph exams can help determine if others near the offender may be at risk, such as neighbor children or family members.
  • Curative Tool – Additionally, polygraph results can assist the treatment in teaching offenders how to live without abuse and secrecy. In the case of Patton v. State3 found “…the rehabilitative benefits of the polygraph examination condition must be obtained without the examination results being admissible in any subsequent court proceeding4.
  • Post-conviction treatment process – As an example, a parole board member or case worker can determine whether, after serving his prison sentence, an offender who victimized adult females should be allowed to live with young children.
  • Identifying new crimes – one study showed 14% of sex offenders who received polygraph examinations across the 3 states reported sexually abusing victims while under community supervision through the treatment/polygraph process.5
  • Crime Prevention – 56.1 % of the probation and parole officers interviewed increased surveillance when violations of supervision were disclosed during a polygraph exam.6 Furthermore,  63% of the treated offenders interviewed reported that, in anticipation of a polygraph examination, that it helped them avoid risky behavior:

The end result is a management/treatment process that not only helps the curative process, but enables managers to better monitor offenders for both prevention and apprehension.

To be continued…  Legalities & Ethical Concerns

If you would like to discuss the professional services of Post Conviction Sexual Offender testing, please contact The Polygraph Examiner at 1-800-497-9305.

  1. English, Pullen, and Jones, 1996 []
  2. Rice, Harris, and Quinsey, 1990 []
  3. 580 NE.2d 693, Ind. App. 1992 []
  4. Polygraph 29, 121:2000 []
  5. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/199673.pdf []
  6. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/199673.pdf []