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What’s the Real Rate of Sex-Crime Recidivism?
Sex Offender Recidivism: A Simple Question
R ecidivism has been conceptually defined as the reversion to criminal behavior by an individual who was previously convicted of a criminal offense Maltz, It reflects both the individual's recurrent failure to abide by society's laws and the failure of the criminal justice system to "correct" the individual's law-breaking behavior Maltz, While the etiology of criminal behavior is complex see Chapter 2 , "Etiology of Adult Sexual Offending," in the Adult section and recidivism results from a range of personal and social factors, it is important to recognize that recidivism is not simply another term for repeat offending. Rather, it refers to the recurrence of illegal behavior after an individual experiences legal consequences or correctional interventions imposed, at least in part, to eliminate that behavior or prevent it from occurring again Henslin,
Strategies to Rehabilitate Male Sex Offenders
Male sex offenders are one of the most complicated inmate populations within the prison system and yet they require significant resources—including specialized and expensive treatment programs—dedicated to their rehabilitation. Callahan transitioned into full-time academia and is a faculty member at American Military University , teaching criminal justice courses. She spoke to In Public Safety about rehabilitation strategies and considerations for sex offenders. Spending time and money on specialized treatment programs for sex offenders serves a dual purpose. In Washington, Callahan collaborated with mental health professionals to create treatment programs for felons in hopes of eliminating their need to act out on their thoughts.