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State audit faults evaluations of sexually violent predators

The state auditor released a report Thursday criticizing the Department of State Hospitals’ evaluation system for determining whether  prisoners due for parole or psychiatric patients being held at Coalinga State Hospital are sexually violent predators.

The audit found that evaluations of current and potential “SVPs” are inconsistent, and that there is no standard protocol used to determine whether those being assessed meet the criteria for confinement. The audit also found that evaluators lack clinical supervision and training, and that Coalinga has a “significant backlog” of annual evaluations that violates the rights of patients. Full Article

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Article in LA Times today (page B4) about state audit highly critical of the Department of State Hospitals’ evaluation system for committing sex offenders to a psychiatric hospital when they are released from prison: It basically says there are no standards, no supervision of the decisions, inadequate training for decision makers and workers, and a huge backlog of annual evaluations that means even if you were ready for release, it could be years before you even get your evaluation. This is INTENTIONAL! Every last bit of this keeps these people locked up even longer. If it were not intentional,… Read more »

I do believe your take on the situation is right on the mark. There’s allot of optimists here, and that’s fine; however I think the optimists are ignoring the nasty, downright evil the hatemongers have consistently demonstrated towards registrants and their seeming belief that the laws are bad and they need to fix that with laws they think are needed and right (to them wrong is right and right is wrong), regardless of the constitution and bill of rights (two documents they hate, as evidenced by their actions and statements). Every time an opportunity for relief is perused by registrants… Read more »

And thank you for the edit feature! It’s been needed for a while now. Thank you. 🙂

You have a point…even CASOMB says “a high risk offender after 17 years offense free is as likely to commit a sex offense as anyone”

Good, valid remarks on Tiered Registry, “Anonymous Nobody”.
My experience is that these psychologists specializing in sexual offender therapy are practicing a very imprecise art-science and: 1. they’ll make decisions to the benefit of whoever is paying for their services, and; 2. as government employees, their primary concern is always “CYA”, so they’re likely to keep people locked up much longer than necessary.

Somehow this article doesn’t surprise me. When my loved one was required to attend his sex rehabilitation classes, he would come home with the assignment of completing a task. Often times, the task presented was so deviant to think about doing, that he could not complete it. The therapist put all registered citizens in the same category no matter their offense. It was almost like she was instructing them how to reoffend and earn the label sexually violent predator. She was constantly ridiculing the members of the class by reminding them that they were sex offenders. Never once did she… Read more »

I can relate. When I was in my first “counseling” group while on probation, it was “explained” to us that, no matter our offense, we were sex addicts who would ultimately kidnap, rape, and murder a child if we didn’t get our alleged “addiction” under control. Then, when I was falsely accused of a second crime, the facilitator of the group didn’t hesitate to lie about me to help the prosecution’s case. Then, when I got out of prison and put into another counseling, I got into trouble and threatened with a parole violation for correcting the “therapists” who kept… Read more »

“hannah grace”, I agree – the SO therapy I had to attend was “psychological abuse”. The therapist refused to answer my questions if they stumped him or pointed out an inconsistency in law or treatment. He would simply stonewall.
It’s disturbing that our courts put any faith in these snake oil salesmen!

What’s sad is that courts also go the other way, rejecting what the psychologist said about me when he called me less of a threat than over 96% of the general population during my initial court case.

I’ve had a couple of psychologists who actually helped me get through the stress of my ordeal, doing their job to heal. I would not make a blanket judgement on all of them. On the other hand there were those who thought it was their job to help punish us by doing the psychological torture you describe. There seems to be a division between those who want to help the individual and those who see no conflict of interest in torture. Just look at the at the American Psychological Association and it’s support of “enhanced interrogation”.

I guess I’m pretty fortunate then, because the therapists that we’ve been appointed, here in Solano County, are helpful & resourceful (though we’ve been told of how inadequate some of the Ph.D’s are in some places). The head therapist, which covers my group, has been experienced in this field for over 30 years & has started by working through the prison system. Anyhow, they encouraged all participants to think & understand that they are “former sex offenders” rather than sex offenders. There is quite a bit to express of how actually helpful it has been compared to the parole’s P.O.C.… Read more »

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