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Recidivism and desistance: December 2010

A selection of new key reports, books, journal articles and websites. All items are available on interlibrary loan through the JV Barry Library. Please contact your own library for assistance.


Journal articles

  • Chronic offenders : a life-course analysis of marijuana users / Daniel T Ragan and Kevin M Beaver
    Youth and society 42(2) Dec 2010: 174-198
    Summary: The current study employed a life-course framework to examine the factors associated with early onset of marijuana use, with the use of marijuana during adolescence, and with desistance from marijuana use in young adulthood.
  • Effects of South Carolina's sex offender registration and notification policy on adult recidivism / Elizabeth J Letourneau
    Criminal justice policy review 21(4) Dec 2010: 435-458
    Summary: Analysis of secondary data for a sample of 6,064 male offenders convicted of at least one sex crime between 1990 and 2004 revealed that across a mean follow-up of 8.4 years, 490 (8%) offenders had new sex crime charges and 299 (5%) offenders had new sex crime convictions
  • Gender differences in re-offending among psychiatrically examined Swedish offenders / Charlotte Alm
    Criminal behaviour and mental health 20(5) 2010: 323-334
    Summary: This study aims to test for gender differences in re-offending, use of substance abuse treatment, and hospital ER visits among offenders referred for forensic psychiatric assessment in Sweden
  • Measuring sexual offender recidivism / Mary Stathopoulos
    Aware : ACSSA newsletter no. 25 Nov 2010: 20-25
  • Recidivism among young males sentenced to prison and youth custody / Tove Pettersson
    Journal of Scandinavian studies in criminology and crime prevention 11(2) 2010: 151-169
    Summary: The results of this study show that young people sentenced to youth custody (under the the Youth Custody Act 1991-1998 , involving placement of 15-17- year-old serious offenders in a special approved home) reoffend more often than those who were previously sentenced to prison
  • Young serious and vulnerable offenders in the Netherlands : a cohort follow-up study after completion of a PIJ (detention) order / Hjalmar J C van Marle, Inge S Hempel and Nicole M L Buck
    Criminal behaviour and mental health 20(5) 2010: 349-360
    Summary: Examines reoffending and judicial, correctional or psychiatric contacts of juveniles after a PIJ (Placement in an Institution for Juveniles) order and tests the hypothesis that ‘threatened psychological development’ is associated with higher recidivism rates.