Thank you, Andy. We agree; recidivism is a remarkably difficult area to try to tie up in a neat little package; in fact, it can’t be done. We much prefer the term “reoffense” when speaking of repeating a sexual offense, but since the term used in the program by Ms. Hostin was recidivism, and since it was clear that she used it to mean reoffending with a sexual crime, that is the term we used in writing the piece.
Your comment has brought to mind a blog post of several years ago that I wrote on the subject. I will post it up here with a reference back to this piece. Thank you.
Okay, it’s up; it’s under Opinions: https://narsol.org/2017/09/does-anyone-really-understand-recidivism/