Best and Promising Practices for the Supervision of Sexually Violent Predators


Monday, February 26, 2024
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Current research strongly supports the use of the Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) model for reducing recidivism of all criminal offenders. This model emphasizes the use of empirically based risk assessment tools to identify risk of re-offense, identification of criminogenic needs, that is individually tailored to maximize effectiveness. During the course of this presentation, we will provide valuable insights and practical strategies discovered while managing supervision Sexually Violent Predators which have been used to navigate the evolving landscape of technology and community corrections supervision, ultimately enhancing officers’ ability to supervise offenders in the digital age. Finally, the importance of evidence-based practices for effective supervision is overshadowed only by the intentional approach to maintaining wellness as change agents. This course intends to not only highlight the importance of self-care but offer practical strategies for deploying such practices with consistency.


Olivia Charles
Corrections Specialist 3, WA State Dept of Corrections

Olivia Charles has been a Community Corrections officer with the Washington State Department of Corrections since 2017. In this role, she became certified in the Static 99R assessment in 2018. She is currently with the Civil Commitment Program supervising Sexually Violent Predators released from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island who are released to the King and Snohomish counties. Ms. Charles earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminology from Western Washington University in 2011. Ms. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration on analysis of criminal behavior in August of 2017. Ms. Charles has been interning with the Information Technology unit of the Washington State Department of Corrections since March of this year.

Christopher Ervin
Corrections Specialist 3, WA State Dept of Corrections

Chris Ervin is a Corrections Specialist 3 with the Washington State Department of Corrections Civil Commitment Program. He started working for the department in 2004. In 2006 he was promoted to a Community Corrections Officer position, supervising Level 3 Registered Sex Offenders under DOC community supervision. At that time, he started assisting with supervising Sexually Violent Predators under the DOC Civil Commitment Program. Chris was eventually promoted into a full time position with the Civil Commitment Program in 2012, where his full caseload became exclusively Sexually Violent Predators (per RCW 71.09 Civil Commitment law). Mr. Ervin's background prior to DOC included 5 years as a Residential Treatment Counselor for a juvenile group home specializing in providing for children (boys between approximately 6 and 14 years old) with significant behavioral and mental health challenges, particularly with boys who had been determined to be Sexually Violent Youths (S.A.Y.). His formal education is a BA in Theater from the University of Washington (2002 or there abouts), and a general AA degree from Spokane Falls Community College (1998 or there abouts).

Mr. Marcus Miller
Community Corrections Supervisor, WA State Dept of Corrections

Marcus Miller began his Criminal Justice career in 2003, working as a Counselor for All vest work release in Pierce County Washington. In 2004, he began working for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services as a Residential Rehabilitation Counselor at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. In 2006, Mr. Miller continued working with the adult offender population as a Community Corrections officer for the Washington State Department of Corrections. He supervised both high, medium and low risk offenders. During that time, he also conducted pre-sentence investigations, and developed a cognitive behavioral program for youth (Discovering Other Choices). Since 2015, Mr. Miller has worked for the Washington State Department of Corrections in the Civil Commitment Program, supervising Sexually Violent Predators on a Less Restrictive Alternative. In 2022, Mr. Miller became the first ever supervisor for the program. Mr. Miller’s educational exploits include a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Science from Western Washington University and an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Pierce Community College. He is oriented to the Stable 2007, Acute and Static 99-R and SAPROF-SO.

Mikyl Sandoval
Corrections Specialist 3, WA State Dept of Corrections

Paul “Mikyl” Sandoval was Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 2012 where he was a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defense Specialist, Intelligence Analyst, and worked in Security Forces during two deployments to Afghanistan. Using the Post 911 GI bill, he graduated the Art Institute of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer and Media Arts in 2015. In the same year he returned to Washington State to work for the Special Commitment Center with the Department of Social Health Services on McNeil Island as a Residential Rehabilitation Counselor. While there he joined the Tracking Team, Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, and became an Emergency Medical Technician, while being promoted to Security Supervisor, Residential Rehabilitation Counselor Lead, and later Residential Rehabilitation Counselor Supervisor. In 2018, Mr. Sandoval was hired by the Department of Corrections (DOC) as a Community Corrections Officer in Chehalis and then later at the Special Needs Unit in Spokane, Washington. There he worked as a DOC Hospital Liaison partnered with Eastern State Hospital to supervise Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity cases and civil commitment case with Department of Corrections Supervision. There he attended Crisis Intervention Training with Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sherriff’s Department, and Frontier Behavioral Health and was on the Spokane Community Behavioral Health Steering Committee. In 2020, Mr. Sandoval joined DOC’s Critical Incident Response Team as peer support for staff. In 2021, he was hired by the Civil Commitment Unit as a Corrections Specialist supervising Sexually Violent Predators on a Less Restrictive Alternative, and DOC Mental Hospital Liaison. He is oriented to the Stable 2007, Acute and Static 99-R.