The risk and needs of cyber-dependent offenders sentenced in the United States

The primary purpose of this study was to examine the demographics and risk and needs associated with cyber-dependent offenders serving a term of community supervision in order to understand how they might be supervised most effectively. This study examined the risk and needs assessment results for 8...

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Published in:Journal of crime and justice
Main Author: Harbinson, Erin (Author)
Contributors: Selzer, Nicole (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2019
In:Journal of crime and justice
Year: 2019, Volume: 42, Issue: 5, Pages: 582-598
Online Access: Resolving-System
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Summary:The primary purpose of this study was to examine the demographics and risk and needs associated with cyber-dependent offenders serving a term of community supervision in order to understand how they might be supervised most effectively. This study examined the risk and needs assessment results for 813 cyber-dependent offenders supervised by federal probation in the United States. Descriptive statistics were used to provide a portrait of the demographics and review their risk and needs scores. The analysis uncovered that cybercrime offenders on federal supervision were more often white, male, and 38.2 years old on average. In regards to risk and needs assessment, most cybercrime offenders scored as low risk to reoffend suggesting they require minimal supervision and services. Because most cybercrime offenders were low risk, they had few criminogenic needs yet the types of needs they had suggest this population might require different services than probation typically provides for offenders. This study addresses a neglected topic in the correctional rehabilitation literature and offers insight into a cybercrime subject with limited official data.
ISSN:2158-9119
DOI:10.1080/0735648X.2019.1692422