Sex Offender Management
In 1996, the Department of Corrections established "sex offender caseloads" for Parole and Probation agents specializing in the supervision of sex offenders.
Parolees or probationers that are serving for sex offenses are monitored more intensively than non-sex offenders. Conditions of parole and probation are specific in a manner suitable to the offender and to assist with the protection of the public from further victimization.
Examples of supervision conditions that may be ordered on this population by the Sentencing Judge or Michigan Parole Board are:
- No contact with children
- No use of computers
- Comply with the Sex Offender Registration Act
- Not be within 1,000 feet of schools
- Complete approved sex offender treatment
- Electronic Monitoring
- Polygraph Examinations
The Department of Corrections is aware of the continuous developments with the Internet and is pro-active in monitoring social networking sites for sex offenders.
"Sex offender specific" polygraphs are being used in various areas within the State to assist with identifying risk and monitoring offender behavior.
State statute requires that identified sex offenders be placed on global positioning monitoring system. Additionally, the Michigan Department of Corrections directs other sex offenders that are not required by statute to be supervised using electronic monitoring.
Sex offender management is a collaboration between community agencies and Parole and Probation agents to ensure sex offenders receive the treatment and supervision needed to successfully complete their period of supervision and to remain in the community productively and offense free.