Articles of Interest

Articles of Interest

Below are articles that may be of interest to both mental health/addictions and criminal justice professionals. This page will be updated frequently, so check back often. Adobe Acrobat is required to view some of the articles. Click here if you do not have Adobe Acrobat.

Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology

Likeness Used as Bait in Catfishing: How Can Hidden Victims of Catfishing Reel in Relief?

Tyler W. Hartney
University of Minnesota Law School

"Catfishing is “[t]he phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time) ... With the increased use of social media, the opportunities for the creation and use of fake profiles have expanded. Reports have found that one in ten profiles on certain social media and matchmaking sites are fake ... will provide background information on criminal cyberbullying statutes, civil and criminal online impersonation statutes, and civil and criminal revenge pornography statutes. These statutes have all been recently passed to address crimes relating to deceptive internet practices that often involve invasions of privacy ..."

Developments in Sex Offender Risk Assessment: Practical Application in Community*
and Institutional Settings
This training is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice Services. Points of view in this training are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Technical Evidence in Stalking Prosecutions: Where to Get It and How to Get It In - Webinar Recording
Presented by Elaina Roberts, Stalking Resource Center Program Attorney and
John Wilkinson, AEquitas Attorney Advisor: "This webinar covered the applicable rules of evidence and relevant case law associated with proving a technology-facilitated stalking case, and provided strategies on when and how to introduce technical evidence and overcome common objections at trial."

Special Report: Disabilities Among Prison and Jail Inmates, 2011-12 by Jennifer Bronson, Ph.D., and Laura M. Maruschak, BJS Statisticians Marcus Berzofsky, Dr.P.H., RTI International. from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics - December 2015.

"In 2011-12, about 3 in 10 state and federal prisoners and 4 in 10 local jail inmates reported having at least one disability. Among prison and jail inmates, females were more likely to report ..."

Bullying in Schools: An Overview By Ken Seeley, Martin L. Tombari, Laurie J. Bennett, and Jason B. Dunkle - U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

"Researchers from the National Center for School Engagement conducted a series of studies to explore the connections between bullying in schools, school attendance and engagement, and academic achievement. This bulletin provides an overview of the OJJDP-funded studies, a summary of the researchers’ findings, and recommendations for policy and practice ..."

"Antisocial Personality Disorder in Cult Leaders"

John Burke, Ph.D., Kaiser Permanente. Published by the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) *Excerpt: This article considers evidence for the presence of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) in some cult leaders. Additionally, the influence of antisocial cult leaders on cult members is hypothesized to be associated with the emergence of dependent personality disorder (DPD) in some cult members."

"Cults, Coercion, and Contumely" by Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D. and Marsha Emmer Addis. Published by the International Cultic Studies Association.
"Perhaps the best current example of the use of institutionalized propaganda to attempt to suppress criticism is found in the Church of Scientology's codified principle that any "suppressive person" (i.e., one who speaks out against the Church) is "fair game" to be vilified, pilloried, or worse in an attempt to prevent that person's criticism in the future. Scientology's "Ethics" course includes the following policy:

SP (Suppressive Person) Order: Fair Game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued, or lied to, or destroyed ...

The Church of Scientology has been accused of using private detectives, attorneys, and the legal system to harass critics in attempts to silence them ..."

Mental Health Interventions in Cult-Related Cases: Preliminary Investigation of Outcomes by Steve K. Dubrow Eichel, M.S., Linda Dubrow Eichel, M.A., Roberta Cobrin Eisenberg, M.S.W. - Shared from the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) website.
Do our interventions work? This question is undoubtedly on the minds of many professional counselors and lay advisors engaged in clinical work with cultists, former cultists, and their families. Since October 1983, the associates of the Re-Entry Therapy, Information and Referral Network (RETIRN) have maintained a record of all face-to-face consultations and subsequent interventions with individuals and families who seek assistance with cult-related problems. Whenever possible, we have followed (and continue to follow) cases after interventions are made in order to determine outcome.

Resisting the Pressure to Choose Between Parents: A School-Based Program by Amy J.L. Baker, Ph.D., ICSA Today, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2012
One million children each year become children of divorce. Many of these children will face some form of loyalty conflict, defined as a feeling of having to choose one parent over the other ... The I Don’t Want to Choose (IDWTC) program was developed as a tool for mental health professionals, parents, and schools to use to help children caught in parental loyalty conflicts resist the pressure to choose one parent over the other ...continue reading.

FEDERAL RULES OF EVIDENCE, DECEMBER 1, 2010 - Printed for the use of The Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives - U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington: 2010 - This document contains the Federal Rules of Evidence, as amended to December 1, 2010. The rules were enacted by Public Law 93–595 (approved January 2, 1975) and have been amended by Acts of Congress, and further amended by the United States Supreme Court.

Reducing Criminal Recidivism for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness: Risk/Needs/Responsivity and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions - Merrill Rotter, MD and W. Amory Carr, PhD
Evidence-based practices (EBP) with track records of effectiveness in treating serious mental illness, co-occurring substance abuse, trauma, and motivational challenges have been utilized with some success in forensic populations (CMHS National GAINS Center, n.d.). However, recent reviews of offender-focused and jail diversion programs found that many EBPs, such as Assertive Community Treatment, may achieve symptom reduction but not decrease criminal recidivism (Morrissey, 2007; Case, 2009; Skeem, 2009). In fact, studies indicate that offenders with mental illness share diagnoses and treatment needs similar to those of individuals with mental illness who do not commit crimes. However, with reference to recurrent criminal behavior, offenders with mental illness share the same risk factors for offending as their non-mentally ill counterparts (Epperson, 2011). 

Integrating Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Justice-Involved Persons with Co-occurring Disorders- Fred C. Osher, M.D.
This fact "...sheet from SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation include recently updated briefs on evidence-based practices (EBPs). In the field of behavioral health, EBPs are interventions that have been rigorously tested, have yielded consistent, replicable results, and have proven safe, beneficial, and effective for most people diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders." - The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Mental and Substance Use Disorders Among Adult Men on Probation or Parole: Some Success Against a Persistent Challenge, By Thomas E. Feucht; Joseph Gfroerer. "This study obtained data on mental disorders and substance-use disorders among adult men on supervised release (probation or parole) from local, State, and Federal prisons and jails. The study concludes that treatment needs are not being met for a significant number of probationers and parolees with mental or substance-use disorders. Consequently, they are at greater risk for parole or probation failure that leads to reincarceration..."Source: SAMHSA Ctr for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.

Girls Study Group: Understanding and Responding to Girls' Delinquency - Causes and Correlates of Girls’ Delinquency, By Margaret A. Zahn, Robert
Agnew, Diana Fishbein, Shari Miller, Donna-Marie Winn, Gayle Dakoff,
Candace Kruttschnitt, Peggy Giordano, Denise C. Gottfredson,
Allison A. Payne, Barry C. Feld, and Meda Chesney-Lind

The Office on Violence Against Women FY 2013 Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program. The Campus Program encourages a coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety and assistance, and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The Campus Program provides seed funding to support activities that develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campuses. The Campus Program also aims to strengthen security and investigative strategies to prevent and prosecute these crimes on campuses. Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education and Private institutions of higher education. Read More

The Office for Victims of Crime HELP Brochure Series provides a resource for victims of crime and the victim service providers that work with them every day. Each brochure defines:

Assault Child Abuse
Sexual Violence Stalking
Homicide Domestic Violence
DUI Robbery
What Adults Need to Know About Child Abuse

Hardcopies of these brochures are not available. Victim service providers, crime victims, and other users are encouraged to print out copies of these brochures for use and distribution. The OVC HELP Brochure Series is in the public domain and may be reproduced as needed. However, they should be reproduced in their totality, without alteration.

Improving Access to Services for Female Offenders Returning to the Community, by Marie Garcia with Nancy Ritter - National Institute of Justice Journal, March 2012 - An evaluation of re-entry services for female offenders shows that increasing access can lead to modest improvements in key areas.

Highlights From Pathways to Desistance: A Longitudinal Study of Serious Adolescent Offenders, by Edward P. Mulvey, OJJDP, March 2011, NCJ 230971 study discussing serious adolescent offenders and their lives in late adolescence and early adulthood. Sponsoring Agencies: National Institute of Justice, US Dept Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Community Corrections Officers - Published by The Stalking Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 2000 in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior Among Serious Adolescent Offenders - Edward P. Mulvey, Carol A. Schubert, and Laurie Chassin. Published by the U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Justice Programs; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Consequences of Illicit Drug Use in America Fact Sheet - December 2010 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Genetic and Evironmental Influences on Criminal Behavior

The Social Worker as an Expert Witness in Suspected Child Abuse Cases: A Primer for Beginners by LeRoy Schultz

Evidence-Based Policy, Practice, and Decisionmaking: Implications for Paroling Authorities - from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections

Sexual Abuse in Childhood and the Mentally Disordered Female Offender by Matthew Silberman (2010). International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 54(5), 783-802

Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
by Kimberly Hoagwood, Ph.D., Barbara J. Burns, Ph.D., Laurel Kiser, Ph.D., Heather Ringeisen, Ph.D., Sonja K. Schoenwald, Ph.D.

Child Sexual Abuse and Maltreatment Statistics (2009) - 227 page report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau

Introducing Corrections & Mental Health - By Russ Immarigeon

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and the Criminal Justice Response: What Is Known by Ronet Bachman, Heather Zaykowski, Rachel Kallmyer, Margarita Poteyeva, Christina Lanier, Research funded by the U.S. Department of Justice

Child Delinquency: Early Intervention and Prevention by Rolf Loeber, David P. Farrington, and David Petechuk article from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Juveniles Who Have Sexually Offended: A Review of the Professional Literature by Sue Righthand, Carlann Welch - a U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention report. An abstract of the contents can be found here.

Correctional Boot Camps: Lessons From a Decade of Research - This National Institute of Justice Research for Practice presents findings from 10 years of data analyzing whether boot camps are successful in reducing recidivism, prison populations, and operating costs.

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of a Mental Health Court - A report prepared by the Council of State Governments Justice Center Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice by Michael Thompson, Dr. Fred Osher, Denise Tomasini-Joshi

Women, Serious Mental Illness and Recidivism: A Gender-based Analysis of Recidivism Risk for Women with SMI Released from Prison by Kristin G. Cloyes, Bob Wong, Seth Latimer, and Jose Abarca (March 2010).. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 6(1), 3-14.

A Prosecutor's Resource:Medical Evidence and the Role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Cases Involving Adult Victims by Jenifer Markowitz

Assessing the Risk of Juvenile Sex Offenders Using the Intensive Parole Sex Offender Domain - The Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) within the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services contracted with the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Institute) to determine if an empirically valid risk assessment for sexual reoffending could be developed using data from the Intensive Parole Supervision Assessment (IPSA). This report summarizes the findings.

Enhancing the Management of Adult and Juvenile Sex Offenders: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners. Updated [ed.] - Prepared by the Center for Sex Offender Management, A Project of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs

The Comprehensive Assessment Protocol: A Systemwide Review of Adult and Juvenile Sex Offender Management Strategies - from the Center for Sex Offender Management, contains a comprehensive review of sex offender management strategies. Includes several self assessments of your policies and practices in this area.

Female Sex Offenders - From the Center for Sex Offender Management. This policy and practice brief synthesizes the research and other professional literature about women and adolescent girls who commit sex offenses

Evidence-Based Practice Skills Assessment for Criminal Justice Organizations from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections“The Evidence-based Practice Skills Assessment (EBPSA) is a self-report measurement tool designed to gauge the extent to which correctional staff demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully implement Evidence-based Practices (EBP)

Mental Health Screens for Corrections - Mental Health Screens for Corrections reports on two projects to create and validate mental health screening instruments that corrections staff can use during intake. Published by the U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Justice Programs; National Institute of Justice


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