Efficacy of sex offender treatment still up in the air

That is a front-burner question for judges and jurors in sexually violent predator trials. Understandably, before they decide to release someone who has been convicted of sexually molesting a child, they want reassurance that he is sincerely remorseful and has acquired the tools to turn his life around. In short, they want a certificate of rehabilitation attesting to his low risk.

But does formal sex offender treatment really lower risk? Full Article

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It’s like a blind man in a dark basement looking for a black cat that was never there. A person went to their shrink, and his diagnosis was that the person had clinical depression. Alarmed, that person asked for a second opinion to which the shrink replied, “okay, you’re ugly too!” Aside from filling out forms and incorrect or non-existant diagnoses, do they really know what in hell they’re doing?

I appreciate Dr. Franklin’s candor with regard to treatment. We have a court mandated “provider” here who has a real goldmine with one-size-fits-all treatment. It’s all group counseling and he isn’t even present. Young women (don’t know what their credentials are) facilitate and he “looks in” now and then. Are his clients being helped? Who knows? He’s making a fortune!

This is a typical paper pusher job, collecting very good money from the gov’t for providing a substandard service. If the agencies want results, this “Dr.” writes in just what they want to hear. His program is effective only on paper, just ask him! Fact is, few, if anybody, know how to treat sex offenders or any other DSM listed disorder. They’re snake oil salesmen, selling just what the gov’t statisticians want to hear. Sounds like a pretty good gig to me.