Sex Offenders in the Parole Systemn: Risk or Myth

Marilyn McShane, Prairie View A&M University
Frank P. Williams III, Prairie View A&M University

ABSTRACT
This paper reports on a study of parole recidivism done through the California Department of Corrections using a large data set with selected subsamples targeting specific offense groups such as sex offenders. The authors examine whether sex offenders are at a higher risk of recidivism as some literature and popular media accounts suggest. The findings have implications for policy initiatives as well as case work loads within parole agencies.

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