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NCJ Number: 230238 Find in a Library
Title: Diagnostic and Risk Profiles of Men Detained Under Wisconsin's Sexually Violent Person Law
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:54  Issue:2  Dated:April 2010  Pages:187-196
Author(s): Richard W. Elwood; Dennis M. Doren; David Thornton
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 10
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study describes the diagnostic and risk profiles of 331 sexual offenders held under Wisconsin's sexual offender statute and compares them to the people held in those other States.
Abstract: Previous studies described the characteristics of individuals committed under sexual offender civil commitment laws in Arizona, Florida, and Washington. Persons detained under Wisconsin's law substantially differ from those in the other States. This variability is attributed to differences in both diagnostic procedures and statutory risk thresholds. The authors believe this is the first study to directly compare diagnoses and risk measures of sex offenders referred for commitment in different States, thereby offering a more national view of who is detained under these laws. Tables, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Recidivism prediction; Sex offender profiles; Sex offenders; State laws; Violence prediction; Violent offenders; Wisconsin
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