Public awareness of the term “sex offense” has increased dramatically over recent years. Statistics show that there were almost half a million registered sex offenders in the United State in 2003 and that number has no doubt grown immensely since 2003. With studies showing that less then 30% of sex crimes being reported to law enforcement, the numbers could be staggering. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado Department of Public Safety has dedicated a website for information on how Colorado is handling the ever-increasing numbers of sex offenses in the State.
In law enforcement’s attempts to make the public safe from violent sex offenders their sweep often times captures those defendants who may not be a threat to society, but nonetheless fall under the umbrella of sex offenders. This poses particular problems with how the system deals with the various levels of sex offense. This article will provide some resources and information about Colorado’s Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB)
The Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management (ODVSOM) is part of the Division of Criminal Justice, under the command of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
Legislation was passed in 1992 by the Colorado General Assembly that created the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) with the task of developing standards and guidelines for the treatment, evaluation, and monitoring of sex offenders. For further information on the purpose and goals of the board one can visit their site at http://dcj.state.co.us/odvsom/Sex_Offender/
Although the primary goal of the standards was to improve community safety and protect citizens, there is a push within the community to increase levels of treatment for sex offenders. The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is such an organization that strives to not only develop management methods that will protect the community, but also to provide methods for ethical treatment of sex offenders. At their 27th Annual Treatment and Research Conference, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia on October 22-25 of this year, the ATSA will discuss improving our response to the issue of sexual abuse and the treatment of sex offenders.
The combined efforts of the Sex Offender Management Board members are focused toward developing a basis for systematic management and treatment of adult and juvenile sex offenders. The Standards and Guidelines for the Assessment, Evaluation, Treatment, and Behavioral Monitoring of Adult Sex Offenders were created in 1996. The primary goal of these standards is to improve community safety and protect citizens. The standards were revised in 1998 and 1999. The standards are based on the best practices known today for managing and treating sex offenders.