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The Sexually Violent Predator Program's Assessment Process Continues to Evolve, Report No. 99-36, February 2000
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  • In the first year, 4,377 offenders were referred to the Department of Children and Families' Sexually Violent Predator Program for assessment.
  • Of the 2,808 that had been assessed as of December 31, 1999, 176 or 6% of referrals were found to meet the criteria for sexually violent predator and were recommended for civil commitment. The program should track recidivism of all referred offenders, including both those released and detained.
  • Backlogs, bottlenecks, and shifting release dates have slowed processing times. The program took almost three times longer to refer cases to a state attorney than the 45 days required by law. The program is taking corrective action.
  • The program should have formal selection criteria and mandatory training for its contract evaluators. The study of sexually violent predators is an emerging field and there is no psychological certification in the study of this disorder at this time.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Substance Abuse Program
Department of Law Enforcement, Sexual Offenders

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-60 Sex Offender Registration and Public Notification Improved; Some Aspects of the Process Could Be Streamlined, published in October 2008.
  • Report No. 08-10 The Delays in Screening Sexually Violent Predators Increase Costs; Treatment Facility Security Enhanced, published in February 2008.
  • Report No. 05-07 Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Provides Benefits But Also Challenge, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 04-63 Progress Report: Sexually Violent Predator Program Is Reducing Backlog, But Still Not Timely, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 00-12 Special Review: Effectiveness and Monitoring of Martin Treatment Center for Sexually Violent Predators, published in September 2000.
  • Report No. 99-58 The Escape from Martin Treatment Center for Sexually Violent Predators, published in June 2000.

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