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Application of the Clinical Polygraph Examination to the Assessment, Treatment and Monitoring of Sex Offenders

NCJ Number
Journal of Sexual Aggression Volume: 5 Issue: 2 Dated: 2000 Pages: 134-152
Daniel T. Wilcox
Date Published
19 pages
This article examines the use of post-conviction polygraphs for the assessment, treatment, and monitoring of sex offenders, with emphasis on its future use in the United Kingdom.
Polygraph technique and practice have advanced steadily during the 20th century. The polygraph is an extremely helpful adjunct to sex offender treatment in North America, influencing offenders on a cognitive-behavioral level to change their attitudes and beliefs and thereby to facilitate change in their lifestyles, associations, and values. Leading futures in sex offender assessment and treatment have endorsed polygraph testing. The benefits of a well-managed clinical polygraph examination program in the United Kingdom appear to be substantial. A board or council should monitor the development and use of polygraphy and should ensure adherence to identified standards. The analysis concludes that the careful introduction of polygraphy would positively affect the quality and success of sex offender treatment programs in Great Britain and notes that the West Midlands Probation Service’s Sex Offender Unit has initiated a substantial pilot program using the support and guidelines of the American Polygraph Association. Table and 82 references