The PA SOAB is a web of fraud.

By Voices . . .

The PA SOAB is a governing body established by the PA legislature among other things to establish standards by which certified treatment providers for sexual offenders are created and then enforced.

The “board” sits a collection of men and women of various professional backgrounds who have established this list of criteria.

The board primarily focuses on SVP evaluation for courts and the subsequent certification of treatment providers for SVPs.

If you dont know, SVP is a 10 cent word for Sexually Violent Predator. In PA a seperate hearing is established after a conviction to determine if a sexual offender is a SVP level offender. It is not so much a legal term (though it is in the law) as it is a determination made by an SOAB member who will evaluate the person in question and then inform the court. The court, not shockingly will side then most likely with said recommendation.

If a person is established as SVP not only do they have community notification and a lifetime of registration but they also have a mandatory yearly polygraph (conducted by a polygrapher who is certified to operate the toy) and mandatory minimum of monthly counseling and they are required to be responsible for all costs associated with this. Not shocking most treatment providers will routinely require mandatory weekly or bi-weekly counseling for the first few years of a person being out of prison.

What a lot of people dont know are who the board members are. In many cases they are actual treatment providers who have practices that treat sexual offenders. Talk about job security. Unofficially there may be as many as half of the establishing board and just as many of the subsequent boards who are or where treatment providers that were “lucky” enough to meet the strict requirements to be SVP treatment certified by the SOAB.

Leading to a lot of legal questions regarding conflict of interest, fraud, and abuse of the legislatures intent.
This tangled web only gets worse the more you look into it.
Why has no one looked into it?

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  1. I still can’t grasp how the polygraph is allowed to be used for anything. Not only is there no science that it works, there’s plenty of science that proves it doesn’t work. If you haven’t read the ebook, The Lie Behind the Lie Detector, it’s very enlightening. After reading the book I took a polygraph and confounded the examiner to get a “inconclusive” result because even in their pathetic made up world where they live, they have rules to follow for a “good” result.
    Psychologists are another animal. Their professional ethics require that they use only science-based treatments. Polygraphs are neither science nor treatment. The courts cannot compel a psych to violate their professional ethics, see why doctors don’t participate in executions anymore.
    It’s time we just picked the worst offenders of this pseudo crap and made an example out of them. They need to be sued into the stone age for violating their professional ethics amongst many other violations. I’ve watched up close in multiple settings where everyone gets the same “treatment” whether they need it or not. One claimed that the group sessions were both diagnostic and treatment at the same time! It’s a miracle! There’s was one man in a group who needed serious mental health treatment but he couldn’t get it because they psych just wanted him to straighten up and fly right. These people don’t care about us, we are just a meal ticket for them.

  2. As always, one step forward, ten steps back. The more we push for more freedom, or dare I say abolishment of the registries all together, the more severe restrictions get put on us. And remember, the courts have stated time and time again, these are “Not” punishments. My Dad use to tell me that when he would beat the Hell out of me with a belt. (Still love you Dad)