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Lifetime Criminal History of Sex Offenders Seen for Psychological Assessment in Five Decades

Ron Langevin & Suzanne Curnoe.

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology;

October 2012, vol. 56, no. 7, 997-1021.



A sample of 2,190 sex offenders seen between 1966 and 2009 was compared on lifetime sexual and all offending, using charges, convictions, court appearances, and self-report as criteria. Of these various criteria, between 47.4% and 81.1% reoffended. Canadian child abuse reporting laws, which came into effect in the 1980s, were associated with increased charges and convictions for offenders, who victimized children, and with a reduction in their longer term reoffense rates. Immigration and population mobility, use of aliases, study follow-up time, and self-reported undetected sex crimes influenced reoffense rates. Results indicate that sex offenders continued to have short prison sentences and/or spend little or no time incarcerated during the latter part of the 20th century.



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