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NCJ Number: 182011 Find in a Library
Title: Community-Based Sex Offender Management: Combining Parole Supervision and Treatment to Reduce Recidivism
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:42  Issue:2  Dated:April 2000  Pages:177-188
Author(s): Robin J. Wilson; Lynn Stewart; Tania Stirpe; Marianne Barrett; Janice E. Cripps
Date Published: April 2000
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article describes a community-based sexual offender management protocol combining parole supervision and relapse prevention treatment.
Abstract: The article presents outcome data regarding the community-based maintenance of 107 sexual offenders released to the Central Ontario District (Toronto) over an 8-year period. Overall rates of general re-offending were 21.0 percent, violent re-offending 10.3 percent and sexual re-offending 3.7 percent. The mean time of follow-up was 3 years, 7 months. The article discusses these results in comparison to results at other treatment sites. Valid risk assessment, in combination with a well-defined supervision strategy (i.e., collaboration of community-based relapse prevention treatment and knowledgeable parole supervision) appears to be an effective method for managing sexual recidivism in the community. While the low sexual re-offending rate found in this study is encouraging, the study suffers from the lack of an appropriate control group. It was difficult to find sexual offenders who were not being offered community-based treatment intervention in a comparable environment. And there are ethical concerns associated with not offering offenders appropriate community treatment and supervision. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Canada; Community resources; Corrections policies; Parole; Post-release programs; Recidivism; Sex offender treatment; Sex offenders; Treatment effectiveness
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