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NCJ Number: 228072 Find in a Library
Title: Is Prison Sexual Offending Indicative of Community Risk?
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:36  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:892-908
Author(s): Peggy Heil; Linda Harrison; Kim English; Sean Ahlmeyer
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined how prison sexual offenders compared to other sex offenders in rearrest rates following release from prison.
Abstract: Findings from the study indicate that sexual offending behavior in prison was a significant risk indicator for new sexual, violent, and other arrests in the community following release. The findings support institutional treatment to minimize prison sex offenders' risk upon release. Due to several identified study limitations, additional research was recommended. The extent to which inmates who perpetrate sex offenses in prison pose a risk to the community upon release is unknown, with many factors adding to the complexity of studying the issue. This study evaluated formerly incarcerated male sex offenders' community risk by comparing the postrelease arrest, filing, and incarceration rates of prison sex offenders with convicted and factual basis offenders. Tables, figures, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Inmate misconduct; Institutional violence; Prisoner sexual assault; Recidivism; Recidivism prediction; Recidivism statistics; Sex offender treatment; Sexual assault; Treatment; Treatment/Therapeutic Community; Violent inmates
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