The characteristics of registered sexual offenders in an Australian jurisdiction

Day, Andrew, Darwinkel, Elli, and Vess, James (2017) The characteristics of registered sexual offenders in an Australian jurisdiction. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 14 (2). pp. 120-132.

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Abstract

Current policies to manage convicted sexual offenders living in the community do not differentiate between those at different levels of risk. This is important if risk management strategies are to be better targeted. However, current methods of categorizing risk bands rely on the application of data from other populations, and thus may lack validity when used in jurisdictions other than those in which the validation data were collected. This study provides a descriptive analysis of cases managed by police in one Australian jurisdiction, presenting the offence histories and risk profiles of this population. The analysis shows that the heterogeneity exists in relation to offence type, level of risk, and victim characteristics, suggesting that more sophisticated systems of offender classification are likely to be required if judgements about risk are to inform offender management and the investigation of new sexual crime.

Item ID: 47730
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1544-4767
Keywords: registered offenders, risk assessment, sex offending
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 00:06
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940404 Law Enforcement @ 100%
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