From July 8, 2000 through January 31, 2009, the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB) received 7,782 court orders for assessments from 67 counties, and 4,375 PBPP requests for assessment. During the last 12 months of this period, the SOAB received 1,096 court ordered assessments from 66 counties, and 981 PBPP requests for assessment. The SOAB members testified as expert witnesses in 451 sexually violent predator hearings during the same 12-month period.
Implementation of Act 21 of 2003 began a new mandate for the SOAB, where certain adolescent sex offenders aging out of the juvenile justice system are to be considered for involuntary civil commitment. 142 juveniles were ordered for investigation and assessment by the SOAB since February 8, 2004.
The SOAB has 23 investigators who complete exhaustive field investigations, conduct highly specialized sex offender interviews, and prepare technical, sex offender specific reports that serve as the foundation for the assessments conducted by the SOAB members assigned to these cases. Indeed, best practice standards for the evaluation of sex offenders require a thorough examination of the offender’s lifetime, through review of the types of documents, records, and interviews prepared by the investigators.
The SOAB investigators are organized into four regional teams; each managed by a supervisor, in order to efficiently conduct and complete all case assignments throughout the Commonwealth within the deadlines established by statute.