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Applying the Risk Principle to Sex Offenders

Applying the Risk Principle to Sex Offenders The risk principle states that higher risk offenders should receive more intensive services, whereas lower risk offenders should receive less intensive services. However, the criminal justice system routinely ignores the risk principle for sex offenders and treats them all the same with little regard for level of risk. This article explores the effects of different levels of treatment intensity on 238 sexual offenders who are on parole. The findings suggest that the risk principle does, in fact, apply to sexual offenders. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Prison Journal: An International Forum on Incarceration and Alternative Sanctions SAGE

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SAGE
Copyright
Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0032-8855
eISSN
1552-7522
DOI
10.1177/0032885509339509
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Abstract

The risk principle states that higher risk offenders should receive more intensive services, whereas lower risk offenders should receive less intensive services. However, the criminal justice system routinely ignores the risk principle for sex offenders and treats them all the same with little regard for level of risk. This article explores the effects of different levels of treatment intensity on 238 sexual offenders who are on parole. The findings suggest that the risk principle does, in fact, apply to sexual offenders.

Journal

The Prison Journal: An International Forum on Incarceration and Alternative SanctionsSAGE

Published: Sep 1, 2009

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