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NCJ Number: 202688 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Reconviction, Reoffending and Recidivism in a Sample of UK Sexual Offenders
Journal: Legal and Criminological Psychology  Volume:8  Issue:2  Dated:September 2003  Pages:207-215
Author(s): Louise Falshaw; Andrew Bates; Vaneeta Patel; Carmen Corbett; Caroline Friendship
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 9
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study assessed the outcomes for sexual offenders, specifically the rates of sexual reconviction, sexual reoffending, and sexual recidivism. It attempts to calculate the differences between these rates.
Abstract: In England and Wales, reconviction rates have been the standard measure used to indicate the success or failure of offenders following their participation in a custodial or community-based treatment program. However, in the criminological and psychological literature, the terms reconviction, reoffending, and recidivism have been used interchangeably. This study aimed to assess other offense-related outcomes for sexual offenders, in addition to reconviction, which includes reoffending and recidivism. The study identified a regional area, the Thames Valley Project (TVP) which records a broad range of offending or offense-related behaviors for a group of sexual offenders. TVP is a community-based assessment and treatment provision working with male, adult sexual offenders across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Berkshire. The study sample consisted of 173 sexual offenders who had completed treatment with TVP between July 1995 and May 1999 with follow-up to the end of May 2001. This study indicates that collecting evidence of sexual recidivism both improves on the base rate of sexual reconviction and provides a more accurate measure of offense-related sexual behavior displayed by sexual offenders. It also suggests how reconviction rates can be used to estimate the level of recidivism in the same sample. By broadening the outcome measure of treatment programs for sexual offenders, a better indicator of the true level of success or failure by the participants post-treatment is given. References
Main Term(s): Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Adjustment to release; England; Recidivism; Recidivism prediction; Sex offender treatment; Treatment effectiveness; United Kingdom (UK); Wales
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