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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Why Doesn’t the VA-DOC Track the Recidivism Rate for Virginia’s Registered Sex Offenders Under Probation Anymore?


I skipped last year’s update of this VA-DOC chart (separated into 2 charts for easy viewing, below) and only realized it today. 

Then newest data (June 30, 2017) won’t be available until late-summer or early autumn and I’ll need to add a 9th column at that point. 

These VA-DOC reports have a lot of data (Recidivism Rates, # of Residential Programs, and Sex Offenders with GPS Units) but I only chart the information I find useful as an advocate for a Smarter Sex Offender laws. 

But one point that I’ve raised before and I’m going to raise it again is this……….. 

From 2009 to 2012 the VA-DOC tracked the recidivism (re-offense) rate for VA’s Registered Sex Offenders (RSO). 

Not only was the VA RSO rate of re-offense very low, but the sexual re-offense was extremely low and overall the RSO rates were dropping each year. 

After it disappeared from the annual report I filed a FOIA in 2015 looking for the RSO re-offense rate for 2013 and 2014 and I was advised by VA-DOC they did not track that information.
 
WHY? They had tracked it.

 

VDBHDS November 2016 Report - Study of Alternatives to Secure Confinement for Sexually Violent Predator: An Analysis of Cost-Effective Alternative Methods of Treatment and Monitoring





Update: 

I’ve realized that I never posted this 2012 report http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/fc86c2b17a1cf388852570f9006f1299/e2621da391e75a03852579f4006f046b/$FILE/HD16.pdf on Virginia SVP Protocols for Initial Screening (for civil commitment) and I think it tells an interesting story leading up to the below November 2016 report. 
 
Mary 
 
Original Post: 
For the last 2 weeks I’ve been checking for the 2016 Virginia Crime Report, but it has not been released yet. 
 
So I decided to look for some past Virginia Reports that I may have missed and one that I came across was from November 2016. 
 
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Study of Alternatives to Secure Confinement for Sexually Violent Predator:
An Analysis of Cost-Effective Alternative Methods of Treatment and Monitoring
It’s only 22 pages so won’t take long for those who are interested. 
 
I’m posting the link today because some of the blogs followers are treatment providers and some specialize in the Sexually Violent Predator category. 
 
Mary Devoy