Colorado is overtreating many low-risk sex offenders in the mistaken belief that they cannot be cured, an independent consultant has found. As a result, the state’s Sex Offender Management Board is wasting significant amounts of public money on supervision in the community, according to a report from Central Coast Clinical and Forensic Psychology Services.
The report, released earlier this month, also concluded that Colorado’s system for classifying some offenders as sexually violent predators is hopelessly flawed and in urgent need of replacement. That means Colorado could be classifying the wrong people as sexually violent predators. The findings were met with approval from advocates of reform for sex-offender treatment but with skepticism from a victims’ group. Full Article
Full Report: A Program Evaluation of In-Prison Components The Colorado Department of Corrections Sex Offender Treatment and Monitoring Program [Central Coast Clinical and Forensic Psychology Services, Inc.]
Commentary: State by state, the truth is coming out