I'm always getting asked about my thoughts on treatment programs for sexual offenders. ANd my answer is usually always the same "if they really do need treatment, they likely aren't going to be helped by getting it". I say it that way, because it's the only honest way to put it. Romeo doesn't need sex offender treatment, he needs to learn to hold off from consummating the love with his barely too young girlfriend. On the other hand, Molester Mike who preys on little kids as a hobby, well- he might need help, but no amount of help is going to end his twisted desires.
Usually the second question asked, before anyone has had the chance to read the first answer is just how someone can "know" is treatment is working. Because I don't believe it can work, it's not a question that can really be answered. However, I can tell you some of the signs that sex offender treatment isn't working.
The first sign treatment isn't working... the sexual deviant escapes from the treatment program.
Investigators are on the lookout for a violent sexual predator who escaped from Larned State Hospital overnight.
Isely served time on two counts of molesting a child younger than 14 years old from 1987 to 2006. After his sentence was over the state committed him to the state hospital as a violent sexual predator.
The next sign that it isn't working.. is even easier to determine. If the sexual predator is still breathing, he's (or she) is still a danger.
More on this case here.