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

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Spiranovic, C ORCID: 0000-0002-5270-8719, Ferrante, A, Buscot, M-J ORCID: 0000-0002-9055-5928, Griffiths, K, Allan, A, Wong, S, Tubex, H and Morgan, F 2020 , 'The promises and perils of developing a national sex offender recidivism database in Australia' , Current Issues in Criminal Justice , pp. 1-17 , doi: 10.1080/10345329.2020.1807701.

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Abstract

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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Spiranovic, C and Ferrante, A and Buscot, M-J and Griffiths, K and Allan, A and Wong, S and Tubex, H and Morgan, F
Keywords: sex offenders, recidivism, risk management, evidence base, national database
Journal or Publication Title: Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1034-5329
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/10345329.2020.1807701
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Copyright 2020 Taylor & Francis. This is an Author’s Accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Current Issues in Criminal Justice on 17 September 2020.

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