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?