Assessment of community reintegration planning for sex offenders

Willis, Gwenda M. and Grace, Randolph C. 2009, Assessment of community reintegration planning for sex offenders, Criminal justice & behavior, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 494-512, doi: 10.1177/0093854809332874.

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Title Assessment of community reintegration planning for sex offenders
Author(s) Willis, Gwenda M.
Grace, Randolph C.
Journal name Criminal justice & behavior
Volume number 36
Issue number 5
Start page 494
End page 512
Publisher Sage Publications Inc
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2009-05
ISSN 0093-8548
Keyword(s) sex offenders
child molesters
risk assessment
Summary Poor planning for reintegrating child molesters from prison to the community is a likely risk factor for sexual recidivism. The quality of reintegration planning was retrospectively measured for groups of recidivist (n = 30) and nonrecidivist (n = 30) child molesters who were individually matched on static risk level and time since release. Recidivists had significantly poorer reintegration planning scores than nonrecidivists, consistent with a previous study by the authors. Data from both studies were combined (total N = 141), and survival analyses showed that poor reintegration planning predicted an increased rate of recidivism. Accommodation, employment, and social support planning combined to predict recidivism, with predictive validity comparable to static risk models (area under the curve = .71). Summing these items yielded a scale of reintegration planning quality that differentiated well between recidivists and nonrecidivists and may have practical utility for risk assessment as an adjunct to static models.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0093854809332874
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
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