Recidivism and predictors of recidivism among female high level persistent offenders after a special court order for persistent offenders in the Netherlands

Eric Blaauw*, Bertine Doddema, Vivienne de Vogel, Stefan Bogaerts

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Abstract

Previous research has shown that female persistent offenders have multiple psychiatric and psychosocial problems, such as substance use disorders, other mental disorders, financial problems and housing problems. The present study examined recidivism and predictors of recidivism in a sample of 74 Dutch female high level persistent offenders who had been subjected to a special court order for persistent offenders, called ISD [Inrichting Stelselmatige Daders]. The criminal records were studied to gain insight in the criminal charges against women after release from the ISD. Results showed that 43% of the persistent female offenders had registered justice contacts within one year after release, of which the majority concerned non-violent property offences. However, the number of offences was found to be significantly reduced after their release. No offence-related, demographic, substance-related, psychiatric or personal history characteristics were found to be predictive for general recidivism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101538
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Volume68
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • ADOLESCENCE
  • ANTISOCIAL-BEHAVIOR
  • Females
  • GENDER-DIFFERENCES
  • ISSUES
  • NEEDS
  • PSYCHOPATHY
  • Persistent offenders
  • Predictors
  • RISK
  • Recidivism
  • VALIDITY
  • VIOLENCE
  • WOMEN

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