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Criminal recidivism of incarcerated male nonviolent offenders in Hong Kong

Criminal recidivism of incarcerated male nonviolent offenders in Hong Kong

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 59(2): 121-142

ISSN/ISBN: 0306-624X

PMID: 24052598

DOI: 10.1177/0306624x13502965

Criminal recidivism of the incarcerated population in Hong Kong has rarely been studied. The purpose of this study is to explore the recidivism rates and to identify significant predictors of reoffending among incarcerated male offenders convicted of a nonviolent offense in Hong Kong. Using a self-reported methodological design, 278 offenders were sampled. These offenders' immediate past incarceration is used as the benchmark for this recidivism study. The 1-, 2-, and 3-year recidivism rates are 21%, 68%, and 87%, respectively. The findings denote that offending history, psychological attributes, interpersonal relationships, and environmental influences are significant reoffending risk factors. These findings, especially the alarming failure rates, highlight the need to seriously assess the effectiveness of intervention strategies used by the Hong Kong correctional system in preventing future offending. Implications for intervention strategies with emphasis on the risk factors for recidivism are discussed.

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