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Federal Probation Journal - December 2004

Federal Probation Journal (December 2004) is dedicated to informing its readers about current thought, research, and practice in corrections and criminal justice. Explore the issue.

This Issue in Brief

An Introduction to the Supervision of the Cybersex Offender

By Art Bowker, Michael Gray

Advanced technologies such as computers, scanners, digital cameras, and the Internet are opening up new avenues of crime for the "cybersex offender," and new challenges in supervising this often ingenious class of offender. The authors describe what to look out for and how to deal with it.

Training Federal Probation Officers as Mental Health Specialists

By Risdon N. Slate, Richard Feldman, Erik Roskes, Migdalia Baerga

The rate of mental illness in the offending population is estimated at about three to four times that of the general population. The authors suggest the establishment of a certified training model for mental health specialists in federal supervision, and describe the necessary components of such a program.

Restorative Justice Systemic Change: The Washington County Experience

By Robert B. Coates, Mark S. Umbreit, Betty Vos

Restorative justice policies and programs are developing in nearly every state and nearly every judicial system. The authors provide a detailed look at the dynamics of system change in Washington County over many years as an example of long-term, durable change involving both the Washington County Court Services and the community.

Treatment Retention: A Theory of Post-Release Supervision for the Substance Abusing Offender

By Benjamin Steiner

In recent years the parole population in the U.S. has increased substantially, with a large portion of this population comprised of substance abusing offenders. In contrast to recent research on supervising substance abusing offenders that focuses on the agency level, the author argues for specialization and formulates a theory for post-release supervision of this population.

Experiences and Attitudes of Registered Female Sex Offenders

By Richard Tewksbury

Sex offender registration was widely implemented in the 1990s to promote community safety. This study is the first examination of the collateral consequences of sex offender registration from the perspective of female offenders, showing a significant minority experiencing social stigmatization, economic losses and daily living challenges.

Assessing the Inter-rater Agreement of the Level of Service Inventory Revised (LSI-R)

By Christopher T. Lowenkamp, Alexander M. Holsinger, Lori Brusman-Lovins, Edward J. Latessa

The Level of Service Inventory Revised (LSI-R), one of the third generation of risk assessment tools, is tested in this study for inter-rater reliability by presenting a series of vignettes to 167 trainees in the LSI-R and analyzing them for level of agreement in how they estimated risk.

Planning for the Future of Juvenile Justice

By Alvin W. Cohn

Change in general and in the juvenile justice system in particular is inevitable, but it takes a competent and skilled manager to provide clear and explicit goals and appropriate direction. The author describes the characteristics of properly planned and unplanned change.

Over-representation of Minorities in the Juvenile Justice System: Three Counties in Rural Texas

By H. Elaine Rodney, H. Richard Tachia

The authors examine juvenile defendants in three rural counties, seeking answers to the questions: 1) Are ethnic minorities over-represented in the juvenile justice systems there and 2) If so, at what phases of the juvenile justice system do the rates differ?

Media Portrayals of Prison Privatization: A Research Note

By Curtis Blakely

One solution to the overcrowding of prisons of recent decades is the use of privately operated prisons. The author studies the language of print media portrayals of private prisons from 1986 to 2002 to detect trends in the presentation of this option to the public.

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