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Colorado SOMB Approved Standards Revisions Sexual Offense History Questions


8-19-16 Colorado:

Source Colorado SOMB Announcement:

Greetings,

On August 19, 2016, the SOMB approved revisions to the Standards and Guidelines as they pertain to sexual offense history questions, including sexual offense history polygraph questions. These revisions apply to Standards and Guidelines for adult sex offenders and juveniles who have committed sexual offenses.

All current Standards and Guidelines related to requirements for sexual offense history questions, including sexual offense history polygraph questions, are unchanged. The following revisions apply only when an adult sex offender or a juvenile who has committed a sexual offense refuses to answer such questions.

Below you will find three recent court decisions that support a client's right to refuse to answer sexual offense history questions, including sexual offense history polygraph questions. These decisions have necessitated the revised language to the Standards and Guidelines as follows:
"If the offender refuses to answer sexual offense history questions, including sexual offense history polygraph questions, then the provider shall meet with the supervising officer to identify and implement alternative methods of assessing and managing risk and needs. The provider shall not unsuccessfully discharge an offender from treatment for solely refusing to answer sexual offense history questions, including sexual offense history polygraph questions."
The revisions are implemented, where applicable, throughout the Standards and Guidelines for adult sex offenders as well as for juveniles who have committed sexual offenses. You are encouraged to review the attached documents carefully. You are welcome to submit proposed changes to be considered as the revision process moves forward. In addition, as questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you.



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