Onsite Training

Adult Sex Offender Management for Probation and Parole
Presenter: Mary Ann Mowatt

During the past several years there has been a great deal of public concern over sex offenders. This concern has lead to the enactment of several changes in how our criminal justice system deals with sex offenders. These changes included, sex offender registries, increased length of prison sentences, community notification when high-risk sex offenders are released from prison, intensified post-release supervision and the possibility of civil commitment for sex offenders who are deemed sexually dangerous or found to have a sexual psychopathic personality.

The goal of this training is to provide the baseline information needed to supervise sex offenders in the community. This training will demonstrate how sex offenders are different from non-sexual offenders as well as the differences between types of sex offenders.


Sex Offender 101:

  • Describes three ways sex offenders differ from non sex offenders
  • Describes and critiques sex offender typologies
  • Discusses how such typologies may be utilizes while supervising sex offenders

Risk Assessment: A Tool for Sex Offender Management:

  • Familiarize participates with 5 risk assessment instruments used for adult male sex offenders
  • Understand the differences between static and dynamic risk factors and how they impact community supervision
  • More effectively use risk instruments in conjunction with officer judgments


  • Understand continuum of response to level or pattern of non-compliance
  • Identify two types of EM and their applicability to sex offender population
  • Identify two types of computer forensics software and their advantages and disadvantages

Communication: A Tool for Sex Offender Management:

  • Describe types of communication and why they are important to supervision and treatment of sex offenders
  • Describe differences between urban and rural departments that potentially shape communication
  • Identify ways officers can improve intra-agency communication

Treatment: An Essential Supervision Tool:

  • Describes why treatment is essential to the supervision of sex offenders
  • Identifies ways in which probation and parole officers can utilize information from treatment providers
  • Describes the information officers should provide victims regarding treatment
  • Describes how the polygraph improves sex offender case management
About the Presenter
Mary Ann is an adult probation and parole officer for Hennepin County Community Corrections in Minneapolis. She has worked in the Sex Offender Unit there for 10 years. She has worked with both probationers and parolees. Her current caseload consists of sex offender parolees including a significant number of Level III offenders- the highest risk group in the Minnesota classification system.

Her previous experience includes working with probation and parole clients for the Minnesota Department of Corrections for almost 13 years. She worked primarily in rural or small community settings. She has worked as the Lead Agent in a region that included the White Earth Reservation, the largest Indian reservation in Minnesota. She began her career as a correctional counselor at the Minneaota Correctional Facility for Women.

In addition, she directed a halfway house in St. Paul for 2 ½ years serving both District Court and Federal Court clients.

Mary Ann has been active in Minnesota corrections professional organizations throughout her career and has held numerous leadership positions. She has served a President of the Minnesota Corrections Association and has been active in legislative affairs for that organization as well as the Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers. She is a long time member and has been active in the American Probation and Parole Association. Mary Ann is also a certified trainer for the LSI-R.

Mary Ann holds a Master’s degree in Correctional Administration from Minnesota State University.

To request site-specific training, email Diane Kincaid or call APPA at (859)244-8196.

This Onsite Training falls under the following category:
Sexual Offender Management