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Title: Rehabilitation of Child Molesters: A Cost-Benefit Analysis (From Child Trauma I Issues and Research, P 417-442, 1992, Ann Wolbert Burgess, ed. -- See NCJ-137060)
Author(s): R Prentky; A W Burgess
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
New York, NY 10003-3304
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 82-IJ-CX-0058; MH32309; 84-JW-AX-JO10
Sale Source: Garland Publishing, Inc.
19 Union Square
West Floor 8
New York, NY 10003-3304
United States of America
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reports on a cost-benefit analysis of the incarceration and treatment of 129 child molesters in the Massachusetts Treatment Center and discharged between 1960 and 1985.
Abstract: Recidivism, as measured in this study, involved all charges for victim-involved sexual offenses. Over 5 years, 32 men out of the sample of 129 had a serious sexual charge filed against them (25-percent failure rate). Data entered into the cost-benefit model were total cost per offense (offender-related costs and victim-related costs), the cost of incarceration, the cost of treatment, and recidivism for those treated and those not treated. The study tentatively concludes that rehabilitation can reduce the likelihood of committing a new sexual offense. This is with a stringent definition of recidivism with a population that can be considered at high risk to recommit a sexual offense. Based on these findings, criminal justice policymakers should make proven treatment programs a part of every sentence for child molesters, since such an approach is more cost effective than punishment without treatment. 4 notes, 45 references, and appended expense variables and data
Main Term(s): Child molesters; Sex offender treatment
Index Term(s): Cost/Benefit Analysis; Recidivism
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