California Requiring Lie Detector Tests for Paroled Sex Offenders

Paroled sex offenders will soon be forced to undergo lie detector testing to ensure compliance with their release terms, state official announced Thursday. The move is part of a new set of requirements issued by the California Department of Corrections in the wake of several high-profile incidents involving sex offenders who were on parole.

“There’s been a heightened sensitivity to the need to supervising sex offenders,” said state corrections spokesman Bill Sessa. “The goal is still the same. It is to focus the most attention on sex offenders that are posing the greatest risk to public safety.”

In addition to the periodic polygraphs, all sex offenders will be required to attend specially-designed treatment programs, bumping state spending on the services from $8.5 million to $18.3 million this fiscal year. Previously, only those considered to be “high-risk” were compelled to do so. The state will also pay for additional risk assessments designed to gauge an individual’s likelihood of committing another crime.

Eighteen other states currently employ lie detector testing to monitor the movements and behaviors of paroled sex offenders. California’s move will represent the largest experiment, however, with around 7,000 of its sex offenders currently on parole.

Thursday’s announcement comes less than a year after the arrest of two paroled sex offenders who are believed to have raped and murdered four women in Orange County while wearing their GPS monitoring devices.

Read more about the new requirements here.