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NCJ Number: 154829 Find in a Library
Title: Snohomish County Juvenile Court Sex Offender Treatment Program: Policy Statement on the Use of Polygraph in Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders
Editor(s): H Chambers
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: C. Henry Kempe National Ctr for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
Denver, CO 80220
Sale Source: C. Henry Kempe National Ctr for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
1205 Oneida Street
Denver, CO 80220
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Therapists in the Snohomish County, Washington, Juvenile Court Sex Offender Treatment Program regularly used polygraph examinations as one of several techniques to enhance monitoring of compliance with juvenile sex offender probation and parole conditions and treatment requirements until one therapist was threatened with a malpractice suit by a defense attorney who objected to the use of polygraphs.
Abstract: To evaluate the legality and usefulness of polygraphs, polygraph reports on 36 adjudicated juvenile sex offenders were reviewed between 1991 and 1993. Of the 36 juveniles, 35 were male and all ranged in age from 10 to 18 years. Polygraph procedures included a pretest interview, testing, and a posttest interview. Disclosure data clearly demonstrated that certain clients were not forthcoming using procedures other than the polygraph. The total number of disclosures due to polygraph procedures was 99 additional victims and 502 additional incidents, plus four cases of sexual contact with animals. Therefore, therapists in the Snohomish County Juvenile Court Sex Offender Treatment Program believe the polygraph should be used with juvenile sex offenders, as a treatment tool and on a voluntary basis. Responses to criticisms of the polygraph are noted, and the need for standardization in polygraph administration and scoring procedures is stressed. 1 table
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile treatment evaluation; Juvenile treatment methods; Polygraphs; Sex offender treatment; Washington
Note: Interchange, Cooperative Newsletter of the National Adolescent Perpetrator Network, November 1994
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