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Correlates of serious violent crime for recently released parolees with a history of homelessness.

  • Author(s): Nyamathi, Adeline
  • Marlow, Elizabeth
  • Zhang, Sheldon
  • Hall, Elizabeth
  • Farabee, David
  • Marfisee, Mary
  • Khalilifard, Farinaz
  • Faucette, Mark
  • Leake, Barbara
  • et al.

This study used baseline data on recently released paroled men who are homeless (N=157), residing in a residential drug treatment program, and enrolled in a longitudinal study to examine personal, developmental, and social correlates of parolees who are homeless and who have committed serious violent offenses. Having experienced childhood sexual abuse, poor parental relationships, and early-onset incarceration (prior to 21 years of age) were important correlates of serious violent crimes. These findings highlight the need for interventions that address offenders' prior adult and childhood victimization and suggest that policies for reentering violent offenders should encompass an understanding of the broader family contexts in which these patterns of maltreatment often occur.

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