Friday, December 14, 2012

TX - Sex Offender Polygraph Policy Changes

Original Article


By Stephanie Ando

Brazos County adult probation officers have made a significant change in how they monitor sex offenders. They're now requiring multiple lie detector tests every year from these offenders on parole.

In the past, we were probably doing them closer to a year apart. After going to some training recently and reviewing the current literature, it recommended 6 months, so that's what we've changed,” said Director of the Adult Probation Office in Brazos County.

Sexual predators are required to follow certain rules in order to live in the community. In Brazos County, that includes registering, getting treatment, and taking polygraph tests.

There are about 50 sexual predators here in Brazos County. Officials say they vast majority are required to take polygraph tests as part of their probation.

We're trying to determine if they have been violating the condition of probation by engaging in behaviors, or looking at pornography, or doing something they shouldn't be doing based on the conditions of their offense,” said McGuire

{John McGuire/Brazos County Adult Probation Director} We're doing the best that we can to protect the general public from sexual predators.

A polygraph test is usually costs $300-$600.
- So this would be $600 or $1,200 dollars per year, per person.  What if they do not have a job or home due to the unconstitutional jobs preventing them from getting a job or home?

The defendants are required to pay for it. If someone is indigent then we will find the money to pay for it. That's not going to prevent us from following court orders,” said McGuire.
- Yeah, tax payers are paying for it.  And polygraphs are not admissible in court, but they can violate someone for their junk science?

The end result could be jail time if a sex offender fails the test and officials learn they've violated the terms of their probation. But the end goal is to keep parks like this safe for children in our community.
- So you see, they cannot admit the results into court, but they can throw you in prison for hocus pocus?


SOIssues said...

The comment we left on the article, in case it's deleted.

"So the polygraph junk science is not admissible in court, but it can get you violated and thrown back in prison? This is like a psychic saying something is true, and you go to jail for it. It's baloney.

And I am sick and tired of the media, politicians and others using the term "sexual predator," "child molester," "pedophile," as if they are all the same. This story is talking about ex-sex offenders in general, yet
everyone in the video keeps using the term "predator!"

Learn the difference, will ya?"

NJ45143112 said...

Thanks, SOI!
I was about ready to comment on exactly the same issues but you beat me to it...
I would go further to point out that this is likely a state-run program that has more to do with raising revenue than actually keeping anyone "safe."
I'll probably have another poly/interrogation within the next month or so and I fully expect the same stupid questions:
1. Have you viewed any pornography?
2. Have you lied to your probation officer?
3. Have you traveled outside of your assigned zone without permission?
There are other test questions to gauge your responses but these are the primary. Notice that they are less interested in the progress of your "treatment" as with trying to find some indication that you are violating your probation. This, in itself, makes the test a violation of Constitutional rights and Federal Laws (excepting that they mask the intent under the guise of "treatment" and, therefore, it isn't an "interrogation" nor does it require the presence of a lawyer but it can still be, unofficially, used against you)...
I've found that questioning every question put to me dispels any fear of the polygraph. Once done, none of the questions have any bite. Add to that I will focus on some fixed point in the room and subconsciously talk to it. The questions from outside that conversation can be answered peripherally...
No, I don't have anything to hide but I can get agitated easily for a variety of reasons. I won't allow them to surprise me into a false reaction...
Rule #1: never answer a question immediately. It'll piss them off but you have every right to ask for clarification so they can't catch you off guard...

Just some thoughts...
Happy Holidays!