Why use non-binary measures of reoffending? Cover Image

Proč měřit recidivu nebinárně?
Why use non-binary measures of reoffending?

Author(s): Jakub Drápal
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Criminology
Published by: Česká kriminologická společnost
Keywords: recidivism; non-binary recidivism; seriousness and frequency of re-offending

Summary/Abstract: Reoffending is generally measured in a binary way: certain event (crime, arrest,conviction) has happened or not. Since the aim of any intervention is a crime reduction,which is best achieved by lowering the frequency and seriousness of crime committed, itseems to be important to consider these non-binary approaches to measuring recidivism.This is also supported by other problems, such as the process of desistence, incapacitationor evidence of chronic offenders. The article therefore discusses why binary indicators ofreoffending are often preferred over the non-binary indicators, what benefits of non-binaryapproach there are and why it has been only rarely used by the academic community sofar. This article also suggests what reasons there might have been for other researchers touse the binary indicators of reoffending. It is, however, argued that criminologists shouldprefer to measure reoffending in a non-binary way by incorporating the frequency andseriousness of crime into recidivism measures.

  • Issue Year: 2/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 0-11
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Czech