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NCJ Number: 156556 Find in a Library
Title: Washington State Sex Offenders: Overview of Recidivism Studies
Author(s): L Song; R Lieb
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1990, the Washington State Legislature directed an evaluation of the Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative (SSOSA) to determine if this treatment option compromised public safety.
Abstract: The Washington State Institute for Public Policy examined sex offenders who received or were statutorily eligible for SSOSA between January 1985 and June 1986. The report concluded that SSOSA was an effective sentencing alternative for eligible sex offenders because the community was at no greater risk, criminal justice professionals and treatment providers supported the alternative, and costs to State government were presumed to be lower. Sex offender recidivism was studied using a sample of all male sex offenders convicted in Washington during the January 1985-June 1986 period. Sex offender recidivism rates were 11 percent for those who received SSOSA, 14 percent for those statutorily eligible but who did not receive SSOSA, and 31 percent for those not eligible for SSOSA. A second study explored recidivism patterns of 1,373 adult sex offenders convicted between 1985 and 1991. Sex offender recidivism rates over the 7- year period were 12 percent for sex offenders, 3 percent for violent offenders, and 8 percent for other felony offenders. A third study compared recidivism patterns of sex offenders who received treatment during prison confinement with those of offenders who were imprisoned without treatment. The recidivism rate of the treatment group (11 percent) was slightly lower than the rate of the comparison group (12 percent), but the difference was not statistically significant. Supporting data are appended. Footnotes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Criminology; Recidivism; Sex offender treatment; Sex offenders; Sexual assault victims; Washington
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