Managing a Sex Offender's Computer Use

Managing a Sex Offender's Computer Use 

This course discusses the basic techniques to assess cyber-risks and components of computer management in the community supervision of sex offenders. Additionally, the course will expose learners to the differences between actively monitoring sex offender activity versus retroactively searching the supervisee’s computer for prohibited content and web access. Finally, it will address various tips and tricks for computer searches.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Probation and Parole Association


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy


This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.00 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6099

Course Details

Course Code: REL-CF-CORR-0
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Identify cyber-risk factors for sex offenders.
List five components to effective computer management for sex offenders placed on probation, parole, or supervised release.
Differentiate between computer monitoring and computer searches.

Section 1: Introduction Course Description A. Learning Objectives B. Target Audience Section 2: Assessing Cyber-Risk A. Meet Greg B. What Are the Issues? C. Access to and Necessity of Computers and the Internet D. Cyber-Risk E. Tanner’s 14 Factors F. Remember Greg? G. Additional Risk Concerns for Greg H. Ongoing Assessment I. Section Summary Section 3: Computer Management A. Five Components to Computer Management B. Computer Management Tiers C. Computer Searches vs. Computer Monitoring D. Risk Grid for Computer Management E. Apply What You Learned F. Section Summary Section 4: Recommendations, Sentencing, and Supervision A. Recommendations, Sentencing, and Supervision B. Application Exercise: Identifying Components of Computer Management Section 5: Supervision Assignment A. Officer Safety B. Let’s Practice 1 C. Let’s Practice 1 Answer D. Let’s Practice 2 E. Let’s Practice 2 Answer F. Let’s Practice 3 G. Let’s Practice 3 Answer H. Let’s Practice 4 I. Let’s Practice 4 Answer Section 6: Supervision Adjustment A. 90 Days B. 7 Months C. What Should Carmen Do? D. Think about the following questions: E. Should Greg's entire residence and his spouse's computer be searched? F. How should Carmen address Greg's noncompliance? Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary

Instructor: Art Bowker, MA
Art Bowker, MA, has over 28 years’ experience in law enforcement/corrections and is recognized as an expert in managing cyber-risk in offender populations. He is the author of The Cybercrime Handbook for Community Corrections: Managing Offender Risk in the 21st Century (Charles C. Thomas Publisher, LTC, March 20, 2012). Additionally, co-authored with Todd Shipley, Investigating Internet Crimes, 1st Edition: An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace (Elsevier/Syngress, Pending) He has also had numerous articles published in professional publications, such as the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. In 2013, Mr. Bowker received the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) Sam Houston State University Award for his writing contributions to promote awareness of cybercrime and tools for helping the community corrections field combat computer crime. He is an APPA member and serves on its Technology Committee. Mr. Bowker is also a lifetime High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) member and served in various positions on its Executive Committee, including International President in 2008. Disclosure: Art Bowker, MA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: intermediate level Probation/Parole Officers.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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