Risk communication in sexually violent predator hearings

Matthew T. Huss, Sarah Scott, Brett Gilcrist, Nicole Thurston

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Sexually violent predator (SVP) laws use the civil commitment process to confine mentally disordered and dangerous offenders who are at high risk to reoffend. Few studies have examined how jurors decide SVP cases. As a result, a pilot study and three experimental studies were conducted, in which victim type, risk communication, and juror education were manipulated to assess juror response. Results continually illustrated that victim type was the most salient manipulation across studies and that the manner of risk communication and juror education had little impact on jurors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-336
Number of pages15
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law


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