Annual Evaluation of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Contracted Sex Offender Treatment Programs

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Helen Braithwaite, Ph.D., Chasen Erlanger, James Hess, Ph.D., Theresa Lavery, Danielle Nygren and Susan Turner, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
January 9, 2014

Implementation and Outcomes for California’s GPS pilot for High Risk Sex Offender Parolees

Susan Turner (University of California, Irvine), Alyssa Whitby Chamberlain (University of California, Irvine), Jesse Jannetta (Urban Institute), and James Hess (University of California, Irvine)
November 2010

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Global Position Satellite Monitoring for High Risk Sex Offenders in San Diego: Implementation and Outcome Analysis of a Pilot Study

Principal Investigators: Susan Turner, Ph.D. and Jesse Jannetta, M.P.P. , University of California, Irvine

Sex offenders, particularly those classified as “high-risk” to re-offend, represent a substantial danger to public safety upon their release from incarceration. Correctional professionals view this risk as uniquely difficult to address due to the lifelong duration of the offending behavior, the propensity of sex offenders to be highly manipulative and deceitful, and the high percentage of sex offenses that go unreported due to the victim and offender knowing one another. With 8,943 sex offenders under parole supervision at the end of 2004, and 1,906 of those classified as high risk, addressing the danger of sex offenders is a serious community supervision responsibility for the state of California.

The state of California has launched a pilot project to employ GPS monitoring to supplement their supervision of their High Risk Sex Offender (HRSO) parole caseload. The purpose of the project is to reduce victimization by sex offender parolees through enhanced deterrence and detection, and to expedite the solution of crime, particularly sex crimes, by combining the GPS data on sex offender whereabouts with law enforcement data on crime locations. In the pilot, 80 HRSO’s on four parole caseloads in San Diego County will be outfitted with GPS tracking devices. It is the intent of the state to expand the program throughout the state if it proves successful.

The major research questions of the research are: 1) What motivated the GPS HRSO program/what is the program design?2) What are the characteristics of the offenders who participated in the pilot/how do they compare with other HRSO offenders in San Diego and statewide? 3)What were the implementation experiences? 4) What impact did GPS have on system and offender behavior? 5) What were the costs of the pilot program? Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be used to address these questions. HRSO offenders who are currently not under GPS supervision will serve as a comparison group for the study.

Accomplishing the Difficult, But Not Impossible: Collecting Self-Report Data on Inmate-on-Inmate Sexual Assault in Prison

Valerie Jenness, Cheryl L. Maxson, Jennifer Macy Sumner, and Kristy N. Matsuda, University of California, Irvine
Criminal Justice Policy Review, 21(1)
In press

Drawing on official data and original interview data on 315 transgender inmates in California prisons for men, this research provides the first empirical portrayal of a prison population in California that is unique by virtue of being both transgender and incarcerated. Situated at the nexus of intersecting marginalities, transgender inmates in California prisons are diverse with regard to their gender presentation, gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual attractions. In addition, both incarcerated and non-incarcerated transgender populations fare far worse on standard demographic and health measures than their non-transgender counterparts in the U.S. population, the California population, the U.S. prison population, and the California prison population. With the possible exceptions of partnership status and educational attainment, these factors combine to reveal that transgender inmates are marginalized in heretofore undocumented ways. At a time in which evidence-based corrections is increasingly embraced by corrections officials in the U.S., this article provides the first systematic profile of transgender prisoners as a heretofore “forgotten group” of prisoners (Tewksbury & Potter, 2005).

Link: http://cjp.sagepub.com/content/early/2009/07/22/0887403409341451

Implementation and Early Outcomes for the San Diego High Risk Sex Offender (HRSO) GPS Pilot Program

Susan Turner, Ph.D. and Jesse Jannetta, M.P.P. with James Hess, Ph.D., Randy Myers, Rita Shah, M.A., Robert Werth and Alyssa Whitby, M.A.
November 2007

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