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NCJ Number: 74289 Find in a Library
Title: How to Cope With the Persistent Offenders
Author(s): H Kanayama
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 14
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Japan
Annotation: The paper describes the characteristics of persistent and habitual offenders and their incidence in Japanese prisons and suggests the propriety of an indeterminate sentence for this type of offender.
Abstract: Inmates with deep and persistent criminal tendencies (recidivists, habitual offenders, and persistent criminals) are called Class B criminals. In Japan, more than 60 percent of all inmates are Class B. Clinical subgroups of Class B are described according to their personal characteristics, problems and the possible underlying psychological cause of their problems. These overlapping subgroups include the mentally ill, the physically handicapped, gangsters, drug and alcohol addicts, groups with personality problems and others. Estimates are made of the incidence of some of these groups in Kobe Prison and in Japan as a whole. Because many of these prisoners given short terms do not make serious attempts at rehabilitation, it is suggested that for such persistent criminals, an indeterminate sentence might be practical and effective.
Index Term(s): Inmate classification; Japan
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