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Sentencing Outcomes of Convicted Child Sex Offenders

NCJ Number
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse Volume: 24 Issue: 1 Dated: January-February 2011 Pages: 94-108
Steven Patrick; Robert Marsh
Date Published
February 2011
15 pages
This study examined the determinants of incarceration and sentence length of those convicted of child sexual abuse.
This research examines the sentencing outcomes of convicted child sexual offenders from data collected over an 8-year period. Multiple regression and nominal log linear regression are used to examine length of prison sentence, length of probation sentence, and whether the convicted offender is actually sent to prison or to probation. While many independent variables appear to be related to sentence outcome, they fall into three categories: characteristics of the offender, characteristics of the victim, and characteristics of the crime. Additionally, while many variables appear related at the bivariate level, when multivariate analysis is applied, fewer variables remain significant, and these are mostly from the characteristics of the offense. (Published Abstract)