Multicultural Sex Offenders and Static-99 Scores

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Sex crimes are one of the most serious problems in the United States today. The legal system is casual when it comes to punishing sex criminals with insufficiently short prison sentences that are further reduced by the option of parole. While sexual offenders comprise a sizable portion of U.S. prison inmates, they evoke an even greater portion of public concern, (Boccaccini, Murrie, Caperton, & Hawes, 2009). Most sex offenders are released back into society after serving as little as one- fourth of their prison sentence. Recidivism is extremely high among sexual predators; 75% are convicted more than once for sexually abusing young people, (Boccaccini, Murrie, Caperton, & Hawes, 2009).

The courts rely on forensic psychologist to determine the possibility of recidivism of a sex offender. Forensic psychologist must then rely on the assessment and test of those individuals. It is of the utmost importance that forensic psychologists have valid and reliably assessment and testing measures in order to determine, the probability of recidivism among sex offenders. The psychological constructs, such as cognitive and emotional functioning, of these individuals, must be determined by psychometrics. One of the tools used by most forensic psychologist today is the STATIC- 99; within the construct of this paper STATIC- 99 will be examined. To conclude if the STATIC- 99 is a reliable and valid form of forensic testing to establish the recidivism rate among sex offenders. Not only will the categorizing of probability be elucidated but also the multiculturalism of this form of testing. To see if STATIC-99 will cross race, culture, and ethnicity bridges with used to determine recidivism.

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...sessment. This process is most valuable when providing a diagnosis for treatment. In order for useful psychological measures to be gathered the measures must be both valid and reliable. This is not magic; the psychologist relies on the information that is gathered to provide a cohesive diagnosis of pathology and recidivism rate.

Empirical evidence

Empirical evidence is knowledge gained by empirical research by method of direct observation and/ or experience. It is used to answer empirical questions, which must be correctly answerable with data. The theory or topic that is under investigation is based on a hypothesis. The hypothesis predicts specific events are going to or not going to happen. These predictions are what will be tested within the experiment. Depending on the outcomes of the experiment, the hypotheses will be supported or not supported.
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