High risk offenders can have a disproportionate impact on their communities because, despite all manner of sentencing options, they continue to commit a wide range of crimes, both minor and serious. It is tempting to throw the book at them, sometimes even to throw away the key. However, anything that helps offenders to change their propensity for re-offending can really make a difference.
Over the last 30 years, scientific research has guided the provision of treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration services that lead to reductions in re-offending. Much of what we know, however, comes from work with medium-risk offenders. Although this work is important and valuable, there is a lower level of complexity to working with medium-risk offenders than most high-risk offenders require.
This book recognizes the need to research and develop different approaches to rehabilitating high-risk offenders. Each of the contributions takes a different approach, with a different group of offenders, in a different setting. Cumulatively, the chapters provide encouragement for those working with high risk offenders, along with a wide range of ideas about how to develop better services.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Psychology, Crime & Law.
Table of Contents
1. How to train your dragon: an introduction to the special issue on treatment programmes for high-risk offenders Devon L.L. Polaschek
2. The Chromis programme: from conception to evaluation J. Tew and R. Atkinson
3. Delivering effective therapeutic interventions for men with severe personality disorder within a high secure prison Jacqui Saradjian, Naomi Murphy and Des McVey
4. Resettle: a significant new step in an emerging pathway that manages risk and addresses need in high-risk personality disordered offenders on their release into the community V. Baker, D. Johnson and S. Oluonye
5. The Violence Reduction Programme: a treatment programme for violence-prone forensic clients Stephen C.P. Wong and Audrey Gordon
6. A description and research review of the Clearwater Sex Offender Treatment Programme Mark E. Olver and Stephen C.P. Wong
7. Challenging the ‘urban myth’ of psychopathy untreatability: the High-Risk Personality Programme Nick J. Wilson and Armon Tamatea
8. New Zealand’s special treatment units: the development and implementation of intensive treatment for high-risk male prisoners Devon L.L. Polaschek and T. Glen Kilgour
9. Treating high-risk rapists in a New Zealand intensive prison programme Nick J. Wilson, Glen Kilgour and Devon L.L. Polaschek
Devon L. L. Polaschek is a Professor in the School of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests include theory, intervention, and intervention evaluation with serious violent and sexual offenders, psychopathy, desistance and parole, and experimental approaches to offender assessment. She works closely in a number of roles with New Zealand’s Department of Corrections, making her research distinctly practice-focused, with a particular emphasis on the effective treatment of high-risk psychopathic violent prisoners.