Sex offenders in California who have completed their prison sentences must comply with strict monitoring conditions while on probation, including undergoing lie-detector tests about their conduct and receiving treatment from therapists who can reveal their secrets to a probation officer, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Although offenders must take part in the lie-detector interrogation and therapy, none of their answers can be used to file or prove new criminal charges against them, the court said. The goal, instead, is to monitor the former inmates and prevent future crimes, the justices said.
That requires probation officers to gain “complete and accurate information about a probationer’s prior victims, the probationer’s access to potential new victims and the high-risk behavior unique to that sex offender,” Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar said in the unanimous ruling. Full Article