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Developments in the rehabilitation of violent and sexually violent offenders

The concept of “what works” in offender rehabilitation has received much attention over the past five decades and has evolved to consider detailed questions, such as what works for whom, when offered by whom, in what setting, at what time, with what intensity, and by what means. This e-book aims to advance the theoretical and empirical knowledge base on current developments in the rehabilitation of offenders. It presents five chapters that address some of these questions in sexual offenders in general, adolescent sexual offenders, sexual offenders suffering from mental illness and women offenders.

The mode of enquiry adopted in each study is diverse, as are the questions asked: 1) do sexual offender treatment programmes work and do evaluation methodologies affect the research conclusions?; 2) do sexual offender programmes work for juvenile sexual offenders with a specific emphasis on Multi-Systemic Therapy for Problem Sexual Behaviors (MST-PSB) and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT); 3) do the supervision plans for sexual offenders on probation align with their criminogenic needs as determined by a standardised risk/needs assessment?; 4) does mental disorder contribute to the offending of mentally disordered sexual offenders and, if so, by what mechanisms might this occur and should their risk assessment, for example on the STATIC-99R, be adjusted accordingly?; 5) how can treatment of female offenders accommodate their characteristic history of victimisation, substance abuse, self-harm and mental health problems and do so in a systematic, effective, and humane manner?

Each chapter considers implications for policy and practice for the relevant offender groups investigated and offers wake-up calls to correctional practitioners and the criminal justice agencies they serve.


An examination of potential biases in research designs used to assess the efficacy of sex offender treatment,Assessing risk of sex offenders with major mental illness: integrating research into best practices,Effective risk management planning for those convicted of sexual offending,Evidence-based treatments for juvenile sexual offenders: review and recommendations,The CARE programme: an accredited offending behaviour programme specifically for female offenders at risk of violence,Using multiple methods to determine what works with specific offender groups: an introduction to the special issue on developments in the rehabilitation of violent and sexually violent offenders

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