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Exploring the possibility of risk assessment of Japanese sexual offenders using Static-99.
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PMID:  16838390     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The number of sexual offences reported in Japan doubled between 1992 and 2002. This has prompted attention to assessment of risk of recidivism. AIMS: To explore whether an actuarial assessment of risk widely used in the West can be meaningfully applied to Japanese men serving a prison sentence for sexual offences. METHOD: All sex offenders incarcerated in Kitakyushu Medical Prison in Fukuoka at any time in a period of one year (1 July 2002-30 June 2003) were identified. Demographic data, characteristics of offences and the Static-99 were rated from records. RESULTS: Following a slightly modified application of coding rules, all items of the Static-99 were rateable. Nine offenders of 45 whose Static-99 score was over 6 were thus identified as high-risk offenders. The items distinguishing apparently high-risk men were history of institutionalization as a delinquent and mental retardation. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: The Static-99 may be a useful tool in assessing sex offenders in Japan. With apparently increasing recognition of sex crimes here, it seems timely to be developing a systematic approach to assessment. Further work is required to test its value in practice as a predictor of recidivism.
Junya Sudo; Makoto Sato; Shugo Obata; Akira Yamagami
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Criminal behaviour and mental health : CBMH     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0957-9664     ISO Abbreviation:  Crim Behav Ment Health     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-04     Completed Date:  2006-10-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9309668     Medline TA:  Crim Behav Ment Health     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  146-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright (c) 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Risk Assessment*
Sex Offenses / legislation & jurisprudence*

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