Treatment Based on Risk

Determining whether or not a person will re-offend once released from prison can be a complicated process, it can be almost impossible in certain offenders. But there are tools such as the Static-99 that we use to assess the likelihood of recidivism. As I evaluate the Case Study of Jerry, this individual was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In this brief op-ed, I will through assessment tooling, determines Jerry’s probability of re-offending.

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I chose Jerry as my case study to evaluate; this case study, unfortunately, is all too common across the world.

Jerry is a 53-year-old male, who admits to being attracted to young girls. Jerry was convicted of raping a 12-year-old and is coming down to the end of his 20-year sentence. He is set to be released in two weeks which will be around February 25. Jerry has admitted to uncontrollable urges which led to the rape. Rape as we know it is a form of power and control and one thing about uncontrollable urges or desires, they are dangerous and can turn deadly is some cases.

Not only is Jerry a convicted sex offender, but he is also considered a pedophile and must register as a convicted sex offender in his states. There is little known about Jerry; we don’t know anything about his personal life or his family.

I assume he has a family which he may be distant from, Jerry displays an antisocial personality, and more than likely he is educated.

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Guys like Jerry with such urges and fantasies tend to frequent places where teenager’s hangout such as the Malls and movie theaters. When Jerry was convicted of raping this 12-year-old, he was 33-years-old, at that time Jerry was probably quite charming, and most rapist and pedophiles are. Most sex offenders have different personal and criminal histories, and everything that supports their deviant behaviors may differ from that of another offender. In my evaluation of Jerry, though he doesn’t fit into a distinct category, there are some typical characteristics that are common among sex offenders such as being a male with some psychiatric issues, and over the age of 40. The average sex offender turns out to be a loner

Static-99 Assessment Results

After a thorough assessment of Jerry done through the Static-99, he scored a three which is Moderate-Low in the risk category. The suggested nominal risk scoring types range from low scoring 0-1, moderate-low 2-3, moderate-high 4-5, and high a 6+. I do believe that if there were more information on this case study, he would have scored a moderate-high to high. This is true when assessing most offenders; they have unknown victims and convictions which gives us a false positive of an offender’s risk to re-offend. Typologies of Rape: Jerry falls under the typology of a compensatory rapist, who uses only enough force for sexual gratification and has the gentlemen rapist complex. With feelings of inadequate Jerry has relationship issues. Rape is considered the sexual expression of aggression and not the aggressive appearance of sexuality.

Jerry scored moderately low on his suggested risk assessment as it is true among rapist. Their precursors can be hidden and can go undetected Treatment Therapy: In Jerry’s case before and after he is released from prison, the treatment that would be beneficial to him would be physiological, psychotherapy, and medication. Physiological testing is needed to evaluate or instead test the deviant sexual arousal of a sexual offender, because of his abnormal behavior and uncontrollable urges about young girls. A physiological test is done with a PPG device, and this is penile plethysmography or a phallometry device that measures blood flood to the penis indicating sexual arousal.

Murphy, Ranger, and Fedoroff (2015) when shown trigger points and in Jerry’s case his stimuli would be young girls. Jerry would benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most common forms of treatment for those in the corrections. Because Cognitive Behavioral Therapy believes our behavior is influenced by our thoughts and perception, the idea is to get to the root of the problem and change the way an individual seesthemselves. Trying to create a happy environment. Next, medication would also be beneficial if it could be monitored by the Doctor regularbasisly. Medication to deal with mood swings and medicine that would decrease libido.

Comparing Recidivism Rates of Child Predators

Let’s take a look at the rate of recidivism for individuals who commit sexual offenses similar to those of Jerry. It is hard to get an accurate count or round about figure of those who have committed a sexual assault and returning to prison because statistics only count those who have been convicted of a sexual offense, but not counting those who have committed the crime but was not reported. But, for the papers sack, we will go by the American Psychology Association (2003) concluded that “research demonstrates that even sexual offenses against children that occurred a long time ago indicate a continued risk of recidivism by the offender. So, no matter the status a sex offender will always have the potential to re-offend.


As I conclude this case study of Jerry, the child rapist, I believe there is always something to learn from any case you oversee, whether its teach one never to judge an individual on only what you hear about them but know the source of their being. Connecting with these individuals on a spiritual level will help any trust issues they may have. But we must also remember that nothing in life is sure, but if there’s ever going to be a change and a reduction in the recidivism rate of offenders, we must pinpoint and distinguish such features of a sex offender. Changing the way society view individuals with sexual offenses can decrease recidivism by building self-esteem and decrease and making these individuals more social.


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