Public Safety Role
The Adam Walsh Law establishes the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB). According to the statute, the Board must be comprised of psychologists, psychiatrists and criminal justice officials, who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual offenders. Board members are appointed by the Governor and are supported by a full-time staff. The SOAB assessment process is initiated when the sentencing court makes the request. Pennsylvania Law requires that after a conviction for an Adam Walsh offense, but prior to sentencing, the court shall order the individual to be assessed by the Board to determine if the individual meets the legal criteria to be designated a sexually violent predator.
The process includes: