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

Willis, Gwenda M. and Johnston, Lucy 2012, Planning helps : the impact of release planning on subsequent re-entry experiences of child sex offenders, Journal of sexual aggression, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 194-208, doi: 10.1080/13552600.2010.506576.

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Title Planning helps : the impact of release planning on subsequent re-entry experiences of child sex offenders
Author(s) Willis, Gwenda M.
Johnston, Lucy
Journal name Journal of sexual aggression
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 194
End page 208
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2012-07
ISSN 1355-2600
Keyword(s) child molesters
release planning
sex offenders
social support
Summary 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.
Notes Version of record first published: 12 Oct 2010
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13552600.2010.506576
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers
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