Whitecaps

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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.


Monday, June 13, 2005

Dealing With Idaho's Registered Sex Offenders

Earlier posts here have commented on the numbers and residence addresses of registered sex offenders (RSO) in Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai County.

Regulating RSO programs is a state responsibility. That responsibility was federally mandated by the Wetterling Act passed in 1994 which was amended by Megan's Law in 1996.

The June 12, 2005, Chicago Tribune published an article headlined State mulls process for confining sex offenders. This article demonstrates the challenges states face in dealing with RSOs and complying with the federal mandates.

The Idaho Sexual Offender Classification Board (SOCB) was created in 1998 by an act of the Idaho legislature. Here is a link to the SOCB website. The website describes the SOCB's staffing, duties, and responsibilities.

One of the more interesting items on the SOCB website is a link to the SOCB's Required Format For Psychosexual Evaluation Reports. Page 2 in the link explains the basic standards for psychosexual evaluations.

But states like Idaho need not feel alone. In November 1996, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice, convened the National Summit: Promoting Public Safety through the Effective Management of Sex Offenders in the Community. The summit sought input from over 180 practitioners, academic researchers, and other experts regarding the most effective strategies for managing sex offenders. The result was the creation of the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM). CSOM's goal is "...to enhance public safety by preventing further victimization through improving the management of adult and juvenile sex offenders who are in the community." Thus, the Idaho SOCB has the ability to draw on the CSOM for assistance.

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