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NCJ Number: 136426 Find in a Library
Title: Sex Offending and Recidivism
Author(s): R G Broadhurst; R A Maller
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 120
Sponsoring Agency: University of Western Australia
Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0-86422-114-2
Sale Source: University of Western Australia
University Extension
Nedlands, WA 6009,
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: A sample of 560 sex offenders released from Australian prisons between 1975 and 1987 were followed for up to 12 years in order to examine the nature and incidence of sex offending. Other data were collected from police and prison records, victim surveys, and victim support services.
Abstract: Specifically, this research attempted to determine whether serious sex offenses are increasing in Western Australia and whether these offenses are committed by specialist offenders. The relationship between the incidence of victimization and the behavior of known offenders is analyzed in terms of the attrition of cases from report, to arrest, trial, conviction, and imprisonment. The data indicate that sex offenders constitute a more representative population than had previously been believed. The effectiveness of treatment programs for sex offenders is reviewed, and the findings suggest that the incidence of sex offenses has remained relatively stable since the mid-1970's; most increases in the reported incidence of sexual assault were a result of increased willingness on the part of victims to report their victimization to the police. A covariate analysis of recidivism data indicated that prior record, age, and race were crucial determining factors for identifying offenders, but little evidence of specialization was found. 16 tables, 7 figures, and 3 appendixes
Main Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Australia; Sex offender treatment
Note: Research Report No. 3.
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