Prediction of dangerousness, length of treatment, and psychological damage.

As many of you might realize from my writing that I have a real problem with the pseudoscience of psychiatry and psychology. Especially when it comes to constitutional values and allowing the government to control the thinking of the populace through the questionable methods of mind control, which is in fact, what behavior modification programs are. It’s one thing if someone goes into these programs of their own free will, because they want to make changes. It’s another thing for the government to force them into them. This is especially true when the programs have numerous side effects including posttraumatic stress disorder.

In Robert Wolfe’s article Sex Offender Treatment; A Legal Extortion Business. He points out the dangers both mentally and constitutional ly of forcing people into treatment programs that they don’t need or don’t want.

According to the US Supreme court in Vitck vs Jones 100 S.Ct 125, While a conviction and sentence extinguish an individual’s right to freedom from confinement for the term of the sentence, they do not authorize the state to classify him as mentally ill and subject him to involuntary psychiatric treatment without affording additional due process protections. In Ohlinger vs Watson 652 F2d 775, it was brought out that people “have a constitutional right to such individual treatment as will give each of them a realistic opportunity to be cured or to improve his mental condition” and “rehabilitative rational is not only desirable, but it is constitutional ly required” plus “adequate and effective treatment is constitutional ly required” if inmates are being forced into treatment programs through coercion by threat of loss of their good time, or privileges afforded to other inmates than it is quite obvious that the prisons officials are attempting to change the thinking patterns through forced treatment in violation of these constitutional standards and this issue was addressed by the United States Supreme Court in Stanley v. Georgia, 89 S. Ct. 1243, 1248 ” Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government power to control men’s minds“. It is interesting that behavior modification programs use the same principles as are used in brainwashing and mind control something that the American people are adamantly against.

Make no mistake, having the government force you into any type of treatment program. Especially when it is too alter your thinking patterns would be totally frowned upon by our founding fathers. It would be no different than being forced into a religious group and told that you had to follow their believes or be imprisoned.

In my article, Static 99 developers attempting to deflect criticism of their program admit the obvious.
I again tried to point out the flaws in the believe that pseudoscience has some type of accurate information that could be relied upon and the fallacies of using that information to deny constitutional rights to a group of people as well as the possible reasons why psychiatrists and psychologists continue using the rationalization and justification to the lies they’re spreading to justify their position.

In my article “Ever have your fortune told” I tried to point out the scientific flaws in attempting to project what an individual will do, based on a strict set of rules. Every true scientists and physicists out there understands that the Chaos theory comes into play when you have so many variables to consider such as those that come into play in an individual’s life. But people in the pseudoscience area act as if they have all the answers, which makes them appear to be nothing more than snake oil salesman or witch doctors.

http://forensicpsychologist.blogspot.com/2015/04/static-99-yet-more-bumps-on-rocky.html
And now another article has come out showing that the development of the The Static-99 risk assessment tool and how although legislators and the judiciary department have been using it for the decisions rather a person should be placed in civil commitment or evaluating the dangerousness to provide the different levels for the sex offender registry that in fact the whole time since its inception in 1998. It has been in a constant state of flux, and it earlier versions have been proven to be so inaccurate as to open up the entire use of it as any type of determining factor to so many constitutional lawsuits that the states can ill afford to lose.

From a scientific point of view, nothing should be put into practice until it has actually proven repeatability , but the users of the pseudoscience of psychology and psychiatry. Do not follow the scientific method, but rather they allow their theory’s to be tested on unsuspecting patients . Over and over again causing mental and emotional damage to not only their patients but to the family members of those patients who have to live with the patients who have to live with the damage done by the treatment providers. We have set guidelines for medicines to be tested again and again until the results come back positive . And if they are not positive they do not make it to the store shelves and even if they do make it to the store shelves. They have to list all the side effects that may be damaging. This is not true in the pseudoscience of psychiatry and psychology. The final statement in the article “Static 99: Yet more bumps on the rocky developmental Path”

says volumes about how the usage of this unproven, risk assessment that has had major changes to it almost every year since its beginning usage in the late1990s, may be responsible for untold damages to individuals and their family members.
“It is unknown how many sex offenders were civilly committed in part due to reliance on the now-obsolete data.”

the auditors also recommended re-examining the practice of mandating lengthy treatment that can lead to demoralization and, in some cases, iatrogenic (or harmful) effects.

http://forensicpsychologist.blogspot.com/2012/02/treatment-and-risk-among-most-dangerous.html
Study questions need for lengthy treatment of detainees

Our neighbors to the north are far more sensible, as it turns out. At the Regional Treatment Centre (RTC) in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, civil commitment is nonexistent, and the highest-risk sex offenders may be released after an average of just seven months of treatment.”

Comparing high-risk Canadian sex offenders with similarly dangerous offenders civilly committed in the U.S. state of Florida, the researchers found the two populations to be virtually identical.”

The low recidivism rates in Canada after only brief treatment suggests that the interminable treatment regimens at U.S. civil commitment sites, which typically last for years and years, are “more cultural than practical,” reflecting the U.S. propensity for severe punishment, according to the study’s authors, … One downside of such interminable treatment is that offenders may become institutionalized, with negative affects on their personalities,”

Stay tuned. As more solid research begins to overtake the hype, these and other political skirmishes are likely to become more common in financially desperate states. Eventually, I predict the entire civil commitment enterprise will hit the scrap pile as did the old sexual psychopath laws of the 1950s, but not before 20 U.S. states and the federal government squander many, many more millions of public dollars.

4 comments for “Prediction of dangerousness, length of treatment, and psychological damage.

  1. Scott
    May 3, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Nobody can know whether or not a person will re offend. I don’t believe forcing people into treatment is the best case solution as empathy doesn’t always set in per individual when we want it to. I do however hope that all those who are remorseful at some point do make a decision for treatment as this would be educational for themselves and the victim.

    Forcing people to get treatment is like telling a newborn to drive a car. Sometimes they just aren’t ready.

    in my experience of treatment, I found that most programs focus more on the victim (which is what it is about) but i also think they should spend more time on the background of the family of the offenders upbringing and what type of atmosphere they were brought up in. I am a firm believer that children only know what they are taught as a youngster and this is the reason why certain actions are played out. This could be a call for help because they were hurt or damaged or feel damaged from abuse they endured. One thing people fail to adhere these days is that Hurt People, Hurt People.

    • Karen S
      May 11, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Scott:

      While, I agree with much of your discussion, I would have to disagree with the mention of the offenders upbringing being a motivating factor in their decision to perform such actions. My son is an RSO who had no sexual contact with the victim, but who will forever endure a life of registry for his actions. He grew up in middle-class community environment, with both his parents who are career driven educated individuals. We have two other children, 1 who is studying to be a lawyer! He had a pretty normal childhood and was a well-balanced young man that never got into trouble until this incident. Life changing for the whole family! Prior to this, he was even in the Military. An overall good child.

      I have a degree in Psychology and my husband works for the Government. We are concerned for our son’s life now that he will be labeled an RSO. Treatment, is an option for many people that have the need to learn to control their desires that cause pain to others or themselves. I also agree with you, that these treatment plans need to focus not only on the victims, but getting to the “root cause” of the offender to seek a solution to avoid re-offending.

      It is my opinion, that more needs to be done to assist the offenders with their ” sexual addiction”. In today’s political arena, no one wants to acknowledge that sexual offenders are just like alcoholics- sometimes they just can’t say no. These unlawful acts are a cry for help! The Politicians are not listening!

      • Scott
        May 14, 2015 at 2:04 pm

        Karen S.

        When i mention “upbringing” i am talking about the many forms of abuse within the family. No, not every person is brought up that way. I am sorry to hear about your son and i hope one day he can be excused from the registry.

        I would like to someday start a support and accountability group for sex offenders in the community where i live and have it run by offenders who are making it in life and not having any issues at hand.

        I believe other offenders should be able to give feedback and positive encouragement to others who are struggling and might be able to help them along when it comes to making bad choices as they try to overcome their sentence and/or probation or parole. Their is always that one time where we can be in the wrong place at the wrong time and we all should have some sort of safe person who can be reliable and trust worthy.
        We can tackle this issue other ways than splashing everyone’s picture on the internet which it is pretty evident that their are vigilantism against offenders who are listed.

  2. Marc
    May 4, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Static 99 and 99R; these “assessment” tools are like a blind man in a dark basement looking for a black cat that was never there. It’s voodoo science, palm readers, tarot cards and old west quackery all rolled into one. Determining a person’s future based on 10 questions and the evaluation by an antagonistic PO or wannabe para-professional is completely outrageous. Interesting how the psychiatry bible, the DSM V or whichever version is currently used, grows larger with each edition. There’s a disorder for pretty much everything now. God help us all.

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