Sex offenders and criminal recidivism: an exploratory trajectory analysis using a Virginia sample

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Cathy Marcum, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Several polices have been implemented in an effort to prevent sex offenders from recidivating. Many of these policies apply equally to all sex offenders, assuming that sex offenders are a homogenous group. Research has approached the study of sex offender recidivism rates similarly; not considering the possibility that sex offenders are comprised of distinct groups who have different risks of reoffending. The current study examines trajectories for a sample of sex offenders (N = 500) in Virginia and assesses the recidivism rates for each group. The results indicate three groups of offending paths exist. Subsequent analysis also revealed that sex offenders who follow a consistent path of sex offending are more likely to recidivate and commit violent, property, and drug offenses. A discussion of the implications of these findings is also presented.

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Freiburger, T., Marcum, C.D., Iannacchione, B., & Higgins, G. (2012). Sex offenders and criminal recidivism: An exploratory trajectory analysis using a Virginia sample. Journal of Crime & Justice, 35(3), 365-375. Published by Taylor & Francis (ISSN: 2158-9119).
Language: English
Date: 2012

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