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NCJ Number: 219091 Find in a Library
Title: Diagnostic and Risk Profiles Among Civilly Committed Sex Offenders in Washington State
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:51  Issue:3  Dated:June 2007  Pages:313-323
Author(s): Rebecca L. Jackson; Henry J. Richards
Date Published: June 2007
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study obtained data on 190 civilly committed and detained sexually violent predators in Washington State, who had completed their prison sentences but were deemed too dangerous to release into the community.
Abstract: Washington's sexually violent predator (SVP) law was intended to detain only a small proportion of highly dangerous sex offenders after they completed their criminal sentence. The findings of this study indicate that the sex offenders detained in Washington State had psychiatric disorders that made them higher risks for reoffending than average sex offenders. As a group, those civilly detained after completing their sentences posed a moderate to high risk for reoffending as determined by each of the actuarial measures used in this study. Rapists scored significantly higher than child molesters on both the Minnesota Sex Offender Screening Tool-Revised (MnSost-R) and the Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide (SORAG). Consistent with previous reports, the child molesters had significantly lower scores on the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) than did either the rapists or the mixed offenders. Only individuals who were admitted to the Special Commitment Center after completing their criminal sentences were included in this study. Several actuarial risk assessment instruments are commonly used in Washington State, including the MnSost-R, Static-99, Violence Risk Appraisal Guide, and SORAG. Scores for each of these instruments are commonly found in offenders' commitment evaluations or annual review evaluations. In cases where these data were not readily available, the instruments were scored by two trained raters from file information. 3 tables and 27 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Civil commitment; Dangerousness; Habitual offenders; Sex offender profiles; Sex offenders; State laws; Washington
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