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Criminal Recidivism -- Research Starters Sociology

By: McMahon, Maureen;

2009 / EBSCO


Depending on the offense, recidivism rates vary for criminals. Some criminologists consider recidivism to mean any act of re-offending, while other specialists consider committing only the same crime to mean recidivism. Black men are more likely to reoffend according to data included here, with social inequity being blamed for this disparity. Access to education, vital job opportunities, and a healthy social network are some necessary considerations for an offender's Successful reentry into the community. Pedophiles are a class of offenders for which treatment may never work; studies show that various interventions can lower a pedophile's ability to assault children but not remove the desire to offend for these and other sexual offenders. Female and juvenile offenders are also discussed, and information regarding programs aimed at reducing recidivism is provided.