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NCJ Number: 218193 Find in a Library
Title: Effect of Age-at-Release on Long Term Sexual Re-Offense Rates in Civilly Committed Sexual Offenders
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:March 2007  Pages:43-59
Author(s): Robert Alan Prentky; Austin F.S. Lee
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 92-IJ-CX-K032;94-IJ-CX-0031
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A cohort of 136 rapists and 115 child molesters civilly committed to a prison in Massachusetts and followed for 25 years was examined for the effect of age at time of release on sexual reoffending.
Abstract: The data support the general conclusion that risk of sexual reoffending diminishes as a function of increasing age at the time of release for rapists. There was a significant difference, however, in the reoffending patterns of rapists compared with child molesters according to age at release. Whereas the age-crime pattern was linear and declining among the rapists, child molesters had low reoffending rates according to age just after release, but then had a sharp increase before leveling off for several decades before declining at age 60. The highest risk period for child molesters was middle age (late 20s to mid-40s), followed by a decline. The difference in age-crime patterns of rapists and child molesters should be taken into account when assessing relative risk for reoffending. The study examined the reoffending rates for each of five age-at-release groups, separately for rapists and child molesters. The study tested the fit of linear and quadratic models for 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years, using Cox regression analysis. 5 tables, 3 figures, and 30 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Age group comparisons; Child molesters; Civil commitment; Comparative analysis; Criminal career patterns; Massachusetts; NIJ grant-related documents; Rapists; Recidivism
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