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The promises and perils of developing a national sex offender recidivism database in Australia


Spiranovic, C and Ferrante, A and Buscot, M-J and Griffiths, K and Allan, A and Wong, S and Tubex, H and Morgan, F, The promises and perils of developing a national sex offender recidivism database in Australia, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 32, (3) pp. 359-367. ISSN 1034-5329 (2020) [Refereed Article]

Available from 18 March 2022

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Copyright 2020 Taylor & Francis. This is an Authorís Accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Current Issues in Criminal Justice on 17 September 2020.

DOI: doi:10.1080/10345329.2020.1807701


Much of what we know about sexual offenders and risk management is derived from empirical studies on sex offender populations in North America. In comparison to Canada and the United States, the evidence base in Australia on sexual offender risk management is under-developed. In this paper, we describe a current research project tasked with developing a national sex offender recidivism database to advance the evidence base in Australia. It is argued that a national database would advance knowledge and practice in the field of sex offender risk management in Australia in a multitude of ways. Yet there are many obstacles and difficulties in developing such a database. After putting forward a case for the need for such a database, we outline the issues we have encountered and the approaches we have adopted to develop this database. It is intended that this contemporary comment may not only alert readers to this emerging data resource in Australia but also function as a road map to guide future empirical research on offender population databases in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sex offenders, recidivism, risk management, evidence base, national database
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Causes and prevention of crime
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Crime prevention
UTAS Author:Spiranovic, C (Dr Caroline Spiranovic)
UTAS Author:Buscot, M-J (Dr Marie-Jeanne Buscot)
ID Code:141036
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP140100275)
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-09-21
Last Modified:2021-03-16

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