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Citation

Baker T, Zgoba K, Gordon JA. Sex Abuse 2019; ePub(ePub): 1079063219884588.

Affiliation

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/1079063219884588

PMID

31679468

Abstract

Using a sample of 3,041 incarcerated men and women, this study examines the impact of being incarcerated for a sex offense and individuals' in-prison experiences on their concerns about reentry into society. Bivariate analyses suggest that being incarcerated for a sex offense is related to greater concerns about housing and fewer concerns about recidivism compared with individuals incarcerated for nonsex offenses. A sex offense conviction is also associated with weaker social bonds, greater relational difficulties, and greater fear of victimization while incarcerated. Multiple regression models indicate that, after controlling for in-prison experiences, being incarcerated for a sex offense increases reentry concerns related to employment and housing, though may reduce them for recidivism. In-prison experiences mediate the relationship between being incarcerated for a sex offense and reentry concerns. Policy implications of these findings are discussed.


Language: en

Keywords

prison experiences; reentry; sex offense

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