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Chrysanthi S. Leon

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Chapter 19: Sex Offender Treatment

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Sex Offender Treatment
Sex offender treatment

Sex offenders have accounted for an increasing share of the incarcerated population in the United States since the 1970s. Worldwide, research investigating effective methods of treating people convicted of sex crimes has increased dramatically. Although treatment is infrequently available in prison, many people convicted of sex offenses, as well as others without criminal convictions who suffer from sexual addictions, do include treatment in their paths to desistance.

Treatment can prove a challenge to define and apply to sex offenders in prison, but can include surgical intervention, pharmacological intervention, or counseling in the form of talk therapy. Surgical intervention typically involves castration, in the form of the removal of the offender'testes. Pharmacological intervention can include estrogen or antiandrogen therapy (chemical castration), but ...

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