Postrelease Specialization and Versatility in Sexual Offenders Referred for Civil Commitment

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Title Postrelease Specialization and Versatility in Sexual Offenders Referred for Civil Commitment
Author Harris, Danielle A.; Knight, Raymond A.; Smallbone, Stephen Walkley; Dennison, Susan Michelle
Journal Name Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Offense specialization and versatility has been explored previously in the prior criminal records of sexual offenders. The present study expanded these findings by examining offense specialization and versatility in the postrelease offending of a sample of sexual offenders referred for civil commitment and released. Criminal versatility (not limiting one’s offending to sexual crime) both before and after commitment was the most commonly observed offending pattern in the sample. Specialist offenders (those for whom sexual offenses constituted more than half of their total number of previous arrests) were more likely than versatile offenders to specialize in sexual offending on release, perhaps indicating that specialization is a stable offending tendency. When compared by referral status, recidivism records indicated that offenders who were committed for treatment were more likely than observed, noncommitted offenders to specialize in sexual offending on release. When compared by offender classification, child molesters and offenders with mixed aged victims were much more likely than rapists and incest offenders to specialize in sexual offending on release.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1079063210384276
Volume 23
Issue Number 2
Page from 243
Page to 259
ISSN 1079-0632
Date Accessioned 2011-02-18
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Forensic Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38936
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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