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NCJ Number: 157482 Find in a Library
Title: Personal History Factors Associated With Reconviction in Personality Disordered Patients Discharged From a Special Hospital
Journal: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(September 1994)  Pages:249-261
Author(s): C Jones; M MacCulloch; J Bailey; S Shahtahmasebi
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examines the general, psychiatric, and criminological characteristics of patients with personality disorders who were discharged to the community from a special hospital in England after an assessment determined that they were no longer dangerous.
Abstract: Three of the 59 patients were readmitted and redischarged, but each discharge was handled as a separate case in accordance with the procedures used by the hospital. The followup period averaged 73 months and ranged from 5 to 172 months. The analysis focused on whether the index offenses were sexual and nonsexual and whether the first subsequent reconviction involved a serious offense or a minor offense. Results revealed that a sexual index offense, prior imprisonment, and absolute discharge were associated with higher rates of reconviction. A sexual index offense and a sexual element in the index offense were associated with higher rates of reconviction for serious offenses. Prior drug abuse was associated with higher rates of minor reoffending but with lower rates of serious offending. A positive linear relationship existed between the number of previous convictions and the probability of reconviction. Tables and 24 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Dangerousness; England; Foreign offenders; Insanity defense; Mental disorders; Mental illness-crime relationships; Psychological evaluation
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