Sex Offender Laws Require Rethink

by Ryan Hope — (Pen name of a Colorado Therapist) ( Jan 11, 2014

I have chosen to take on this unpopular issue because I have something that needs to be said.
Contrary to popular belief that once a sex offender, he will always  be a sex offender, recidivism rates are quite low for offenders that get counselling. At about 6%,  they are much lower than many other types of criminal recidivism.  That means 94%  don’t re-offend.  This is compared to only 30% in the case of other offences.
Yes, a minority of sex offenders are sociopaths or psychopaths. They are violent re-offender types, serial rapists and those that get sadistic pleasure torturing or killing.  These people should never be trusted to reenter into society.
But the majority of sex offenders can be reformed, but the law won’t let them or anybody else forget.  Some of my colleagues work with ex-offenders and they report a high degree of depression, homelessness and suicide.
When they return home from prison, they may not be allowed to move into their own homes because it is too close to a school or park. However, 98% of molestations happen with somebody they know and not because of the proximity of schools or parks.
Supportive relatives prefer not to allow ex-offenders to live in their homes because their address is posted on sites like  Megan’s Law.  Families can be ripped apart;  the very people the ex-offender needs for healing are placed out of reach.
I have heard of several cases of ex-offenders receiving death threats from strangers knocking on their doors.  Ex-offenders do get murdered.  Since sex offender registration is required for life, an ex-offender can be harassed or violently assaulted decades after he had overcome his problem.


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