Predicting recidivism by mentally disordered offenders using the LSI-R:SV

Alexander Murray Ferguson, James Robert Ogloff, Lindsay Thomson

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The Level of Service Inventorya??Revised: Screening Version (LSI-R:SV) has proven to validly predict reoffending in general offender populations but has not previously been studied specifically with offenders who have a major mental illness, including those with a dual diagnosis. This research project measures the validity of the LSI-R:SV for use with 208 mentally ill offenders who were released from a secure forensic hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Results indicate that the LSI-R:SV is a good predictor of recidivism among mentally disordered offenders. However, the LSI-R:SV does not reliably predict recidivism in individuals who attracted a dual diagnosis. Further research needs to reevaluate risk factors associated with recidivism in offenders with a dual diagnosis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5 - 20
Number of pages16
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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