Sex Offenders Emerging from Long-Term Imprisonment

Shute, Stephen (2002) Sex Offenders Emerging from Long-Term Imprisonment. British Journal of Criminology, 42 (2). pp. 371-394. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

This study challenges a number of preconceptions about the risks posed by sex offenders who have been sentenced to long determinate terms of imprisonment: 162 prisoners were followed-up for four years and 94 for six years. The category `sexual offender¿ was disaggregated in order to examine reconviction rates of offenders against adults as compared with offenders against children, whether in an intra-familial or extra-familial setting, and to explore evidence of `specialization¿. The study also analysed the extent to which members of the Parole Board, in deliberating on the suitability of these prisoners for parole, correctly identified as `high risks¿ those who were subsequently reconvicted of a sexual or serious violent crime. These `clinical¿ predictions were compared with those derived from an actuarial prediction instrument for sex offenders. The findings have implications for both sentencing and parole.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Depositing User: Stephen Shute
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:48
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 22:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28275
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