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NCJ Number: 251747 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of the Implementation of the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS)
Author(s): Michael A. Miner; Beatrice E. Robinson; Nicholas Newstrom; Cathy Strobel-Ayres
Date Published: June 2018
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2012-AW-BX-0153
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study conducted a quantitative assessment of the psychometric properties, structure, and predictive validity of the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS), as well as a formative evaluation of the implementation of SOTIPS in two geographically disparate major metropolitan areas (Maricopa County, Arizona, and New York City).
Abstract: The study monitored sex offenders on probation over time to assess recidivism and the predictive accuracy of SOTIPS. Probation officers in the two study sites completed SOTIPS at three time points: intake (start of probation), 6 months later, and 12 months later. Data were collected on probationers’ residence and employment stability, terminations or transfers of probation, attendance at sex offender-specific treatment, and contacts between offenders and probation officers. Criminal record checks were done in the last year of this 5-year study. The overall finding is that SOTIPS is a promising instrument for assessing dynamic risk factors for sex offenders on probation. It showed good internal consistency and inter-rater reliability, as well as significant incremental validity when combined with Static-99R, the most widely used actuarial risk-assessment tool for sex offenders. The addition of SOTIPS scores at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months added information to the actuarial risk tool (Static-99R) and improved its predictive accuracy. These findings suggest that the best strategy is to administer SOTIPS at regular intervals during supervision or treatment. If this is not possible, SOTIPS administered closer to the release date would provide better prediction. The formative evaluation of the implementation of SOTIPS provided important insights for future research and the process of implementing new procedures within large governmental institutions. 12 tables, 2 figures, 28 references, and appended study materials
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Crime Risk Factors; Instrument validation; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report; Offender supervision; Probation effectiveness; Probation management; Recidivism prediction; Risk management; Screening Instruments; Sex offenders
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