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Using a Polygraph to Unlock the Secrecy of Sex Offender Behavior

NCJ Number
Journal of Offender Monitoring Volume: 15 Issue: 2 Dated: Summer/Fall 2002 Pages: 23-24,26
Margaret Bullens
Date Published
3 pages
This article discusses the use of polygraph tests to monitor sex offenders post-conviction.
The author explains that the use of polygraph testing to monitor the behavior of sex offenders post-conviction is emerging as a powerful tool for risk management of these offenders. The use of polygraph testing for sex offenders during community correction supervision and treatment began about 30 years ago. The goal of this testing focused on monitoring the compliance of the offenders to specialized terms of supervision and treatment. Two national research studies were conducted that documented the use of polygraph testing as a monitoring tool for sex offenders. This research led to the development of a model program, called the Containment Approach, to assist in the management of sex offenders. The Containment Approach holds that offenders are responsible for the harm they inflict upon others and are held accountable for their actions. This approach contains the offender in a tight web of surveillance, monitoring, and treatment. The article goes on discuss the most common types of post-conviction polygraph tests that are available. In conclusion, the author offers information about organizations and resources that are available to assist law enforcement in the implementation of post-conviction polygraph testing. References