Victim-Offender Overlap: Contemporary Issues for Federal Prisons Article uri icon

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  • The criminal justice system typically treats prisoners solely as offenders, yet a growing body of literature has begun to explore the overlap between offenders and victims. Unfortunately, empirical research on the victimization experiences of offenders from the perspective of offenders themselves is practically non-existent. Through one-on-one interviews with over 120 incarcerated men and women in three federal prisons in Canada, this project sheds light on the pervasiveness of violent and sexual victimization experienced by federally sentenced offenders before their first contact with the criminal justice system.

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