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The economics of implementing intensive in-prison sex-offender treatment programs

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 134

Ron Donato and Martin Shanahan
ISBN 0 642 24131 7 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, November 1999


The Criminology Research Council funded a study that investigated the economic costs and benefits of implementing in-prison sex offender treatment programs for male child sex offenders. This paper provides a summary of key aspects of the larger study and outlines the components of costs and benefits and associated parameters involved in the analysis.