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Planning helps : the impact of release planning on subsequent re-entry experiences of child sex offenders

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posted on 2012-07-01, 00:00 authored by Gwenda Willis, L Johnston
Recent research has demonstrated that poor release planning is associated with sex offender recidivism; however, whether release planning correlates with actual re-entry experiences has not been investigated systematically. Accordingly, in the present study release planning was rated for 16 child sex offenders, and semi-structured interviews about re-entry experiences were conducted at one, three and six months following their release from prison. As expected, significant positive correlations were found between release planning and re-entry experiences across the follow-up period, indicating that higher-quality release planning is associated with more positive re-entry experiences. Accordingly, it can be assumed that re-entry experiences differ between recidivists and non-recidivists, and hence positive re-entry experiences contribute to a reduction in sex offender recidivism. The implications for the management of offender release, policy makers and society as a whole are discussed.

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Journal

Journal of sexual aggression

Volume

18

Issue

2

Pagination

194 - 208

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Oxon, England

ISSN

1355-2600

eISSN

1742-6545

Language

eng

Notes

Version of record first published: 12 Oct 2010

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers

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