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Recidivism and Characteristics of Highly Dangerous Offenders Being Released from Retrospectively Imposed Preventive Detention: An Empirical Study

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  • Jürgen L. Müller M.D.,

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    • Ludwig-Meyer-Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
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  • K.-A. Haase cand. med.,

    1. Ludwig-Meyer-Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
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  • G. Stolpmann M.D.

    1. Ludwig-Meyer-Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
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Correspondence to: Jürgen L. Müller, M.D., Ludwig-Meyer-Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Rosdorfer Weg 70, 37073 Göttingen, Germany. E-mail: ju.mueller@asklepios.com

Abstract

This study examines the recidivism of offenders who are considered to be highly dangerous but who, as a result of a decision of the German Federal High Court, have not been in preventive detention because it was imposed retrospectively (Group II preventive detention cases; § 66b StGB). Taking into consideration the restrictions imposed by the study, the data were evaluated regarding their usefulness for predicting the likelihood of reoffending. The results of this study suggest that it could be useful to describe criteria for the not very severe reoffending group. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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