Most convicted sex offenders in Colorado are subject to the supervision of a criminal justice agency, either probation, parole or community corrections. In Colorado, the system used to manage sex offenders who are placed in the community is called the Containment Approach. In order to best protect the public, sex offenders are never managed by an individual person, rather they are managed by community supervision teams, consisting of supervising criminal justice officers (probation, parole officer or community corrections), polygraph examiners and treatment providers. Supervision officers set conditions for the offender, monitor their behavior and can impose sanctions for infractions. Treatment providers gather information about the offender, assist with monitoring and administer a long-term comprehensive set of planned therapeutic interventions designed to change sexually abusive thoughts and behaviors. The polygraph examiner assist in gathering a full and accurate history of the offender’s behavior and monitors current compliance with conditions and risk behaviors.
- While sex offenders cannot be cured, it is believed that some can be managed. The combination of comprehensive treatment and carefully structured and monitored behavioral supervision conditions may assist some sex offenders to develop internal controls for their behaviors.
- Sex offenders must waive confidentiality for evaluation, treatment, supervision and case management purposes. All members of the team managing and treating each offender must have access to the same relevant information. Sex offenses are committed in secret, and all forms of secrecy potentially undermine the rehabilitation of sex offenders and threaten public safety. This approach has been identified through research to be the best way to manage adult convicted sex offenders in the community.
- Successful containment, treatment and management of sex offenders is enhanced by the involvement of family, friends, employers, and others who have influence in sex offenders’ lives, when these people are willing to support the conditions and requirements of the criminal justice system.
- Assignment to community supervision is a privilege, and sex offenders must be completely accountable for their behaviors. They must agree to intensive and sometimes intrusive accountability measures which enable them to remain in the community rather than in prison. They must learn to be accountable to maintain the privilege of remaining under community supervision.
- According to the Sex Offender Management Board, Community safety is paramount and comes before the needs of the offender. Community safety means that the primary goal is to prevent the offender from victimizing any other person.