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Variations in the Recidivism of Treated and Nontreated Sexual Offenders in New Jersey: An Examination of Three Time Frames

NCJ Number
Victims and Offenders Volume: 3 Issue: 1 Dated: January 2008 Pages: 10-30
Kristen M. Zgoba; Jill Levenson
Date Published
January 2008
21 pages
This study examined the recidivism of treated and non-treated sexual offenders in New Jersey within three time frames.
This study examines the recidivism of sexual offenders in New Jersey at three different time intervals: 3 years, 5 years, and 10 years after release from prison. The sample is comprised of sexual offenders released from the general prison population (untreated sample, n = 150) and the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center (ADTC) (treated sample, n = 150), a sex offender specific facility. The goals of this study were twofold: (1) to identify the recidivism rates of sexual offenders and to determine whether sexual offenders who receive treatment demonstrate lower levels of recidivism and (2) to examine whether differences in recidivism exist among the varying time frames and offender subtypes. The results indicate that treated sex offenders maintained decreased nonsexual recidivism rates. Additionally, offenders who committed acts of rape and offenders followed up after 6 years had increased rates of recidivism. (Published Abstract)