Sex Offender Supervision

Sex offenders are supervised according to risk level, which is determined by the Probation Officer in conjunction with a treatment provider, after evaluations and risk assessments are completed. All sex offenders are placed on a specialized caseload and supervised by a Senior Probation Officer. This Sr. PO is specifically trained in multiple facets to include conducting a variety of risk assessments. The Static-99R is based on static (unchanging), risk factors which predict the potential for sexual re-offending, such as age at release from custody on the sex offense, number of certain types of prior convictions, and victim characteristics. The STABLE-2007/ACUTE-2007 are dynamic risk assessment instruments, meaning they are used to measure dynamic (changing), risk factors which are empirically related to the risk of re-offense. Examples of dynamic factors are alcohol abuse, changing relationship factors, and stability (or instability) in housing or employment. These assessments are scored during the investigation stage and throughout supervision; they are used to assess risk to the community and in collaboration with treatment agencies. Further, they assist in determining what supervision terms and conditions are most appropriate.

 All sex offenders are evaluated for treatment services unless the court orders otherwise.

Should the conviction be a qualifying offense, the offender must register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry. Sex Offender Risk levels are determined by the sentencing court. The New York State Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) took effect on January 21, 1996. Since then, a number of changes have been made to the original statute.

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