The United States spends an exuberant amount of funds on one of the highest incarceration rates for criminal offenders compared to many European countries (Klingele, 2013). As an alternative to incarceration, courts began utilizing community supervision to allow offenders to remain in the community and receive treatment interventions. Community supervision terms are monitored and enforced by probation and parole officers. Prior research found the rapport built between an offender and their supervising officer is an essential factor for increasing offender motivation and in reducing recidivism (Bailey & Sample, 2015; Burnett & McNeil, 2005; DeLude, Mitchell, & Barber, 2012; Kennealy, Skeem, Manchak, & Louden, 2012; Morash, Kashy, Smith, & Cobbina, 2016; Whetzel & Lowenkamp, 2011). This study sought to explore the relationship between the offender and supervising officer, and the experiences of sex offender conditions from the perspective of a sex offender through a review of online, public discussion forums entries drafted by sex offenders by utilizing a phenomenological research design. Through a review of the data, there were several themes that emerged in each category, including the importance of developing trust and respect, establishing consistency among supervision officers, and the need for support with overwhelming requirements from supervision conditions. This research will contribute to the existing body of literature by characterizing the experiences of sex offenders who have lived through community supervision.
|Commitee:||Stout, Dallas M.|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Criminology, Sociology, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Sex offender, Community supervision officers, Court-ordered supervision conditions|
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