Saturday, December 5, 2015

VA-DOC: What is the Recidivism Rate for Virginia’s RSO’s? What About for SVP’s? How Much Do RSO’s Pay for Polygraphs, How Often are They Mandated to Take Them and Does VA-DOC Require ANY Other Offenders to Submit to Polygraphs? What About GPS, How Much Do Virginia RSO’s Have to Pay?

On November 16, 2015 I submitted a FOIA request to the Virginia Department of Corrections and on December 4, 2015 I received their response. 

My submission was triggered after I reviewed and compared five years of the VA-DOC’s report “Continuing a Balanced Approach to Public Safety through the Healing Environment”. There were tally’s that I expected to be included in this report that weren’t and there were tallies that used to be reported back in 2011 that had not been documented for years. 

Virginia’s Recidivism Rate for former Offenders is tracked and published by the VA-DOC every year in 2012 it was 26.1% and in 2015 it was 22.8% within 3 years of release. 

The biggest question I had out of my 15 inquiries (see below) was what is the recidivism rate for Registered Sex Offenders (RSO’s) in Virginia?  In 2011 it was 22% of which 3.7% was a new sexual-offense and in 2012 it was 17.5% of which 2.14% was a new sexual-offense and then the VA-DOC stopped publishing this information in their annual report. Why? 

The second set of numbers that I really wanted to know was out of the total number (which the VA-DOC does track) of Sexually Violent Predators (SVP’s) who were conditionally released from Civil Commitment (Virginia Center Behavioral Rehabilitation -VCBR) how many violated the terms of their release (Probation)? 

And the third set of numbers/data that I really wanted to know was about the cost and regularity of “treatment” sessions and polygraphs. I have heard from many RSO’s over the last 8 years who have been required to pay excessive amounts for court-mandated treatment sessions, PPG tests, GPS Monitoring and Polygraphs. This is all on top of court costs, court fines, Probation fees (including drug-testing) and Victim Restitution while attempting to maintain employment as an RSO because your employer is posted on the VSP Registry. And I have also heard from RSO’s who were “violated” by their VA-DOC Probation Officer after they failed a polygraph, so I really wanted to know the VA-DOC Polygraph process and penalties.