Dr. Carina Tetal

Senior Researcher

Main Focus

Carina Tet­al is head of the re­search pro­ject Crim­in­al Sanc­tion and Re­cidiv­ism. The aim of this em­pir­ic­al study is to create a re­cidiv­ism stat­ist­ic based on type of of­fence, sanc­tion and demo­graph­ic char­ac­ter­ist­ics such as age and sex. The pro­ject is con­duc­ted in co­oper­a­tion with Prof. Dr. Jörg-Mar­tin Jehle of the Uni­versity of Göt­tin­gen and has been com­mis­sioned by the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Justice.

Fur­ther­more, Carina Tet­al is a re­search­er in the Freiburg Co­hort Study. The aim of this study is to in­vest­ig­ate, via of­fi­cial data, the emer­gence and evol­u­tion of crime, ju­di­cial re­ac­tions to­wards crime, and crim­in­al ca­reers. The Freiburg Co­hort Study is a long-term pro­ject, which, due to its spe­cif­ic co­hort design and its ex­tens­ive peri­od of eval­u­ation, is unique in Ger­many.

Curriculum Vitae

Carina Tet­al was born in Aus­tria in 1959. She stud­ied So­ci­ology, Eth­no­logy, His­tory and Math­e­m­at­ics at the Uni­versity of Freiburg, gradu­at­ing in So­ci­ology, Eth­no­logy and His­tory with a Ma­gister Ar­ti­um and a Dip­loma Bac­ca­laureus in Mathe­mat­ics. Since 1989 she is a staff mem­ber of the crim­in­o­lo­gic­al de­part­ment of the Max-Planck In­sti­tute for Foreign and In­ter­na­tion­al Crim­in­al Law. In 1996/1997 and 1999/2000 Carina Tet­al was fur­ther­more work­ing at the Law Fac­ulty of the Uni­versity of Kon­stanz, con­trib­ut­ing to the feas­ib­il­ity stud­ies con­cern­ing crim­in­al sanc­tions and re­cidiv­ism, a con­joint pro­ject with the Uni­versity of Göt­tin­gen, com­mis­sioned by the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Justice.

At the Max-Planck In­sti­tute Carina Tet­al is a re­search­er in the Freiburg Co­hort Study with­in the scope of which she earned a doc­tor­ate with a dis­ser­ta­tion on “Pat­terns of Of­fend­ing Be­ha­viour”. Since 2007 she is head of the pro­ject “Criminal Sanc­tion and Re­cidiv­ism”.


The Dynamics of Recidivism

Questioning the Relationship Between Child Pornography and Child Sexual Abuse more

Criminal Sanctions and Recidivism

The aim of this longitudinal study is to analyze the criminal behavior of convicted individuals. Reconviction by type of offense, sanction, and socio-demographic characteristics like age and gender will be researched. The results of the first four waves of data collection are now available and cover the reconviction of persons convicted or released from prison in… more

Freiburg Cohort Study

The aim of this study is to investigate, via official data, the emergence and evolution of crime, judicial reactions towards crime, and criminal careers. The Freiburg Cohort Study is a long-term project, which, due to its specific cohort design and its extensive period of evaluation, is unique in Germany. The following issues are of central im­por­tance to the study… more

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