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Veterans in Prison for Sexual Offenses: Characteristics and Reentry Service Needs.

Finlay AK, McGuire J, Bronson J, Sreenivasan S. Veterans in Prison for Sexual Offenses: Characteristics and Reentry Service Needs. Sexual abuse : a journal of research and treatment. 2019 Aug 1; 31(5):560-579.

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Among prison-incarcerated men in the United States, more veterans (35%) have a sexual offense conviction than nonveterans (23%). Limited research has investigated factors explaining the link between military service and sexual offending. Nationally representative data from prison-incarcerated men ( = 14,080) were used to examine the association between veteran status and sexual offenses, adjusting for demographic, childhood, and clinical characteristics. Veterans had 1.35 higher odds (95% confidence interval = [1.12, 1.62], < .01) of a sexual offense than nonveterans. Among veterans, those who were homeless or taking mental health medications at arrest had lower odds and veterans with a sexual trauma history had higher odds of a sexual offense compared with other offense types. Offering mental health services in correctional and health care settings to address trauma experiences and providing long-term housing options can help veterans with sexual offenses as they transition from prison to their communities.

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