Assessing risk and post-prison release eligibility for sex offenders: what can be done with individuals who claim they are innocent?

Freeman, James E., Palk, Gavan R., & Davey, Jeremy (2008) Assessing risk and post-prison release eligibility for sex offenders: what can be done with individuals who claim they are innocent? In 18th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, 2-5 July 2008, Maastricht, The Netherlands. (Unpublished)

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Within Australia, a considerable proportion of convicted sex offenders maintain a stance of innocence and thus do not engage in recommended treatment programs. As a result, such offenders are often deemed to have outstanding criminogenic needs which may ultimately negatively influence risk assessment procedures and/or parole eligibility. While comprehensive treatment programs specifically tailored for convicted sex offenders who believe they are innocent remain rare, questions exist as to the impact that denial has on risk assessment and parole eligibility among this group of individuals. This paper reports on a study that aimed to investigate forensic psychologists' and key stakeholders' attitudes regarding the impact of denial on risk assessment ratings, and additionally, whether a stance of innocence affects parole eligibility. Furthermore, the paper reviews current perceptions regarding treatment and release options for such individuals.

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ID Code: 15388
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 James E. Freeman and Gavan R. Palk
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 15 May 2013 22:15

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