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NCJ Number: 229782 Find in a Library
Title: "I Am Not Now Who I Used to Be Then": Risk Assessment and the Maturation of Long-Term Prison Inmates
Journal: Prison Journal  Volume:90  Issue:1  Dated:March 2010  Pages:4-11
Author(s): Hans Toch
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 8
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article was presented by the author at the 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference of the International Correctional and Prison Association and discusses his views on risk assessment and maturation of long-term prisoners.
Abstract: The average long-term prisoner's risk of reoffending diminishes with age, in part because some prisoners experience significant maturation and undergo substantial and relevant personality change. This process can be supported by prison staff through the sponsorship of activities and programming designed to promote personal development. Prisoner-release decisions that emphasize offense-related information can take greater account of prisoners' efforts and achievements in confinement. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Long-term imprisonment
Index Term(s): Dangerousness; Evaluation; Inmate characteristics; Inmate classification; Maturation theory; Parole outcome prediction; Recidivism; Recidivism prediction; Release level
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