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Community Sex Offender Management Implementation Project

In 1999, the San Diego County Probation Department received a grant from the Violence Against Women Office (VOWA) and the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM).  The grant specifically required the development of a collaborative group of multi-disciplines to address the issue of sex offender management and formulation of a plan to implement best practices.  The result of the collaborative effort of the interagency group of “core” members was a system gap analysis that compared current practices in San Diego County with the Containment Model, leading to the recommendation of the development of a sex offender management program that would fill the service gaps identified.

In 2001, the Probation Department received an implementation grant to establish a Containment Model for the management of adult sex offenders and sexually abusive youth.  The goal of the grant was to establish standardized protocols for assessing, treating, and monitoring convicted sex offenders and sexually abusive youth.  In addition, the outreach component of the grant initiated the education of the community regarding effective sex offender management.  Through the grant, the “core” team was established as the Sex Offender Management Council (SOMC).

SANDAG staff worked with the SOMC to establish a profile of sexually abusive youth, survey police officers on their use of information systems that have sex offender data, and evaluate community educational forums that dispelled myths about sex offenders. Staff also reviewed adult probation files to assess the implementation of adult sex offender standards that were created in 2003. Effectiveness measures for San Diego sex offender management were designed in a collaborative effort with each of the SOMC sub-committees. These measures can be used in future evaluation of sex offender management. The SOMC continues to meet and work on issues regarding assessment, treatment, and monitoring of sex offenders.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Research and Program Management
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

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