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NCJ Number: 227741 Find in a Library
Title: Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R): A Useful Risk Assessment Measure for Australian Offenders?
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:36  Issue:7  Dated:July 2009  Pages:728-740
Author(s): Ching-I Hsu; Peter Caputi; Mitchell K. Byrne
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) with Australian offenders with respect to gender and sentence orders.
Abstract: Results indicate, that overall, the assessment instrument indicated modest predictive validity, with varying results for the different offender groups. Australian male offenders are relatively similar to male offenders from other jurisdictions; the specific variables predictive of reoffending apparent for different sentences ordered support the view that a third category in the traditional community/custodial group membership is justified and should be considered in future studies. For all female offenders, alcohol/drug abuse correlated significantly with reoffending, as did antisocial companions; female offenders also scored higher than male offenders on the Finance and Family/Marital subscales. Living arrangements and pro-criminal attitudes were also significantly correlated with reoffending for community and custodial offenders, while financial and leisure/recreation issues were found for custodial and community and custodial offenders. Logistic regression indicated that accommodation and antisocial companions were predictive of reoffending only for community offenders, with education/employment status apparent for custodial offenders. Significant differences for sentence orders (community, custodial, and a combination of community and custodial) were found, especially on the Criminal History, Education/Employment, and Companions subscales as well as on the LSI-R total score. Data were collected from archival LSI-R assessments from 2004 through 2007, retrieved from the Offender Information Management System (OIMS) database from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Corrective Services (DCS). Tables and references
Main Term(s): Australia; Male female offender comparisons
Index Term(s): Adult offenders; Behavior patterns; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Behavioral science training; Drug offenders; Female offenders; Group behavior; Male offenders; Multiple offenders; Nonviolent behavior; Offender attitudes; Offender classification; Offender profiles; Offender statistics; Peer influences on behavior; Risk taking behavior; Sexual behavior; Victim-offender relationships; Young adult offenders; Youthful offenders
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