Running head: TREATMENT OF SEX OFFENDERS
Treatment of Sex Offenders – Literature Review
TREATMENT OF SEX OFFENDERS
Sex offenders are classified as individuals who have committed sexual crimes based on
the different legal classifications which differ from one jurisdiction to the other. Unlike the
public perceptions which tend to associate sexual offenses with the poor and less fortunate in the
society, Martínez-Catena and Redondo (2017) note that people who commit sexual offenses
come from across all socioeconomic, educational, gender, age, and cultural lines. While most of
the sexual offenders are male with females only accounting for 5% of sexual offenders, there is
no typical profile which can be used to describe a sexual offender. In the United States, sexual
offenders are classified based on the type of sexual offense committed and the individual history
of re-offending. With many sexual offenders being at a risk of reoffending, different stakeholders
within the criminal justice system have come up with different treatment methods for this group
to address incidences of recidivism.
Typical Assessment Techniques
These forms of treatment are geared towards reducing the chances of one to engage in
sexual offenses in future especially for those in already imprisoned for their crimes. Treatments
are intended to discourage one for committing these acts while promoting positive behavior.
Different treatment approaches include psycho-educative and...