What works in adult sex offender treatment? For the purpose of this study, the probability of reoffending was calculated for each risk category. Given that this relationship is significant, further investigation into the results may provide insight into why risk is not a significant predictor, but the interaction between group membership and risk is significant. Comment on Mailloux et al. Sex offender laws do more harm than good. Societal reaction to sex offenders: The findings suggest that the risk principle does, in fact, apply to sexual offenders. Increasing the effectiveness of correctional programming through the risk principle: With that in mind, the underreporting of sexual crimes could mean that recidivism data are underestimated. The principle of effective intervention with offenders. When registered sex offenders are released from prison, rarely are they completely alone. The definition or interpretation of recidivism varies in many studies, with some using arrest or conviction data for any crime, such as a parole violation, and others using arrest or conviction data for a sexually based crime. A quantitative review of the effects of sex offender treatment on sexual reoffending. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, OH. That study's results must be interpreted with caution because the reduction in recidivism for registered sex offenders mirrored a statewide trend in reduced recidivism for other types of crimes. In addition, Title III of AWA mandates civil commitment for certain dangerous offenders, and Title IV makes it illegal for a registered sex offender to sponsor a family member, such as a wife, husband, or child for permanent residency in the United States.