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NCJ Number: 158166 Find in a Library
Title: Adult Sex Offender Recidivism: A Review of Studies
Author(s): L Song; R Lieb
Corporate Author: Washington State Institute for Public Policy
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Olympia, WA 98504-0999
Sale Source: Washington State Institute for Public Policy
110 Fifth Avenue Southeast
Suite 214
P.O. Box 40999
Olympia, WA 98504-0999
United States of America
Type: Literature Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The few scientific studies on recidivism among sex offenders reveal that recidivism rates vary among different types of sex offenders and that those with a criminal history have higher recidivism rates than those convicted for the first time.
Abstract: Rapists tend to have higher recidivism rates than child molesters, while incest offenders tend to have the lowest recidivism rates. Some sex offenders, such as child molesters, may reoffend many years after an initial sex offense. For these sex offenders, deviant sexual behavior may be a lifelong problem. While some studies have revealed that particular treatment programs are associated with lower recidivism rates in certain types of sex offenders, solid scientific evidence is lacking that clearly proves that treatment programs reduce sex offender recidivism. Additional research is needed to identify more effective methods of treating and supervising sex offenders, as well as more accurate methods of predicting recidivism among sex offenders. Such research can help the public and policymakers understand the risks posed by convicted sex offenders. Tables and 40 references
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Recidivism prediction; Sex offender treatment; Sex offenders
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