Characteristics of Individuals Petitioned for Civil Commitment

Judith V. Becker, Jill Stinson, Shannon Tromp, Gene Messer

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This article explores the demographic and criminal characteristics of a group of sex offenders currently residing in a facility for civilly committed sex offenders. Legal and clinical records were used and data coded. This sample is compared to published data on a group of civilly committed sex offenders in another state. Results indicated that there were numerous similarities and some differences between the two groups. Further research needs to be conducted on civilly committed sex offenders in other states to better understand this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-195
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2003


  • Civil commitment and sex offenders
  • Sex offender demographics
  • Sex offender psychopathology
  • Sex offending
  • Sexually violent predators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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