FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

By THE CALIFORNIA SARATSO* COMMITTEE
The highest priority of the SARATSO Committee is community safety.
*SARATSO-State-Authorized Risk Assessment Tools for Sex Offenders (Pen. Code, §290.03-09.)

A: The assessment is based on research studies identifying things about sex offenders that when present predict risk of re-offense, such as age of the offender, prior arrests and convictions for sex offenses and violent offenses, and type of victim.
A: The risk scores are based on reoffense rates of very large groups of sex offenders. If the offender being scored is similar to the large group of sex offenders on which the reoffense rates were derived then we would expect the individual sex offender to have a similar rate of sexual reoffense for any given score.
A: The static risk assessment instrument used in California, the Static-99R, correctly identified 82% of California registered sex offenders who were arrested for a new sexual offense within 5 years of release from custody. Other meta-analyses show that the Static-99R has predictive accuracy of 70 - 75%.
A: Predictive accuracy of 70% is considered to be moderately predictive, while predictive accuracy above 80% is considered excellent.
A: Since there are no static risk instruments that include all the risk factors for sexual reoffense, the examination of additional risk factors, such as dynamic (changeable) risk factors, will improve risk predictions.
A: Chelsea's Law requires that sex offenders be assessed for dynamic risk and risk of future violence. Combining the score on these risk instruments with the static score will improve the accuracy of risk predictions.
A: Research-based risk assessment helps probation and parole decide which offenders need more intensive supervision, including active monitoring with GPS, and helps inform sexual offender management decisions by supervising officers and treatment management professionals.
A: Probation administers the Static-99R pre-sentencing and while the offender is on probation; parole administers the Static-99R prior to release on parole. The treatment provider administers the Stable-2007, Acute-2007 (dynamic tools) and the LSCMI (violence tool) as part of the treatment program.
A: Each certified sex offender treatment program must have at least one certified provider who has been trained by a SARATSO-approved trainer to score the dynamic (Stable-2007) and violence (LSCMI) risk assessment instruments. Thus, when a certified program is run by a sole practitioner, that certified provider must have the required SARATSO-approved training. A program with multiple certified providers can elect to have only one person certified to do the scoring on these instruments.
A: Check for currently scheduled SARATSO trainings under the Trainings tab. You can also check with SARATSO staff to see if a trainer has been approved by SARATSO if the course is offered through another organization.
A: Check with these following organizations for courses: