Follow-Up Studies of Adolescent Parricide Offenders

Kathleen M. Heide

in Understanding Parricide

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195176667
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979028 | DOI:
Follow-Up Studies of Adolescent Parricide Offenders

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This chapter provides long-term follow-up on eleven adolescent parricide offenders (APOs) the years after they killed one or more parents were evaluated. The chapter considers their experiences in prison and their adjustment to society following their release. Three main three conclusions are drawn based on the eleven cases. First, prison is not the best environment for APOs. Many of these youths indicated that they were exposed to criminal influences previously unknown to them. They had to figure out a way to survive in a violent, predatory world. Second, the APOs were rarely provided with treatment, even when it was explicitly ordered. Third, aftercare for APOs is critically important. Parricide offenders, perhaps more than other offenders, need help returning to the community. Issues that need to be addressed include the following: whether they should return to their home community; what they will tell others about their conviction offense; what relationship they should have with their family; what behavioral changes they need to make in order to reduce their vulnerability to re-offending; what structural supports they need in order to increase their chances of succeeding; and how they can get effective treatment.

Keywords: adolescent offenders; juvenile offenders; prison experiences; adjustment; ex-convicts

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