Wednesday, June 26, 2013

IA - Does sex offender treatment work (Part 2)?

Original Article

06/25/2013

By SARAH MCCAMMON

As we continue our series on corrections in Iowa…here's the second half of our report on sex offender treatment and monitoring.

About 1 in 8 inmates in Iowa's prison system are sex offenders, and many go through treatment while in prison. But does it work?

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1 comment :

NJ45143112 said...

In my experience, most prison psychologists are little short of witch-doctors and not nearly as effective...
If an SO seeks "treatment" while in prison it will likely be given only under certain circumstances and via a curriculum imposed by individuals that have know psychological training at all...
In short, "treatment" isn't a healing process of learning your "triggers" and deeper emotional issues, it's about accepting your fate and what people tell you about yourself. The quickest means to an end is to conform to the idea that you are scum and will continue to be treated as such. You will always be human garbage, because they tell you so...
Treatment = Conformity
I described this to my "therapist" last night after my "treatment" group ended. I pointed out that following rules and procedures that have little to do with real life is not treatment. Passing along all written paperwork to the probation office who has know actual training to interpret the data is not treatment. Violating any level of confidentiality is NOT treatment...
I doubt seriously that any changes will ever be made but any therapist that thinks they are making a difference when they ignore their own training and simply follow an established framework dictated by money is not a therapist at all. They are little more than glorified prison guards...
So what is "therapy" or "treatment?"
It's an extension of incarceration...
So, does it work?
Do the math...