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Recidivism and desistance: November 2011

Books/reports

Journal articles

  • A preliminary examination of offender needs assessment : are all those questions really necessary? / David Farabee, Sheldon X Zhang and Joy Yang
    Journal of psychoactive drugs 43(Supplement 1 (SARC supplement no. 7)) 2011: 51-57
    Summary: Examines whether interviews involving complex scales improve the accuracy of offender needs assessment relative to a few single-item measures
  • A random (almost) study of staff training aimed at reducing re-arrest (STARR) : reducing recidivism through intentional design / Charles R Robinson
    Federal probation 75(2) Sep 2011: 57-63
    Summary: Proposes that cognitive-behavioural strategies and improved relationship between client and supervision officer have an impact on outcomes for released prisoners on community supervision
  • An analysis of dangerous sexual offender assessment reports : recommendations for best practice / Dominic J Doyle, James R P Ogloff and Stuart D M Thomas
    Psychiatry, psychology and law 18(4) Nov 2011: 537-556
    Summary: The operation of Australia's preventive detention legislation depends upon forensic clinician assessments of risk for future sexual offending.
  • Criminal justice outcomes of those appearing before the Mental Health Tribunal : a record linkage study / Bob Green, Stedman Terry J, Ben Chapple and Cassandra Griffin
    Psychiatry, psychology and law 18(4) Nov 2011: 573-587
    Summary: Examines whether the insanity defence is overused in Queensland and whether the Mental Health Tribunal enhances community safety
  • Federal reentry court programs : a summary of recent evaluations / Stephen E Vance
    Federal probation 75(2) Sep 2011: 64-73
    Summary: Describes the history of drug courts and reentry courts in the states and provides a brief overview of existing federal reentry court programs, summarising recent evaluations in three federal districts: Oregon, Massachusetts, and the Western District of Michigan
  • Life-course transitions, self-control and desistance from crime / Walter Forrest and Carter Hay
    Criminology and criminal justice : an international journal 11(5) Nov 2011: 487-513
    Summary: Argues that life-course transitions such as marriage might promote desistance, in part, by enabling offenders to develop and exercise increased self-control
  • Motivation for treatment among women offenders in prison-based treatment and longitudinal outcomes among those who participate in community aftercare / Christine E Grella and Luz Rodriguez
    Journal of psychoactive drugs 43(Supplement 1 (SARC supplement no. 7)) Sep 2011: 58-67
    Summary: Study shows that women offenders who completed the aftercare program, or who had longer treatment duration, and those who had participated in an in-prison program prior to parole had reduced risk of recidivism
  • Preentry : the key to long-term criminal justice success?
    Federal probation 75(2) Sep 2011: 74-77
    Summary: Study demonstrates that detained defendants are at least twice as likely to fail on post-conviction supervision as defendants who are released during the pretrial period, except for the highest-risk offenders, who fail at fairly similar rates