Reply To: The sex-offender panic is absolutely destroying lives

Patricia W

This is outrageous but not enough people seem to care. What is that saying about “evil persists because not enough good people care or take action?” If there is such a thing as evil, this is it. This country has some underlying serious issues about sex.
“Maybe the net has been cast too wide ? !!!” wow, that’s a major overstatement.

What You Don’t Know About Sex Offenders
. . . But Should
Collateral Damage of Residency Restrictions
(“The Impact of Sex Offender Residency Restrictions,” 2005)
“I have had to move from my house or apartment” 50%
25% “I could not return to my home upon release from prison”
44% “I am unable to live with supportive family members”
57% “I find it difficult to find affordable housing”
53% “I have lost a job due to proximity to a school or park”
14 Age of youngest sex offender to be listed on the sex offender registry as part of the Adam Walsh Act.
Treatment Works… Available research indicates that quality treatment can reduce recidivism by more than one-third. There is no downside to treatment.
(National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, Inc., 2006)
Registered sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rates when compared to assault, DUI, robbery, theft, drug offenses, battery, and domestic violence. The only crime with a lower recidivism rate is murder.(Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2006)
Domestic Violence
Drug Offenses
of new sex offenses are committed by someone NOT on a sex offender registry.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2006)
Rethinking Sex Offender Laws: Many states are realizing that the current trend in sex
offender laws do nothing to protect society, increase the risk of recidivism, and violate both
the US and State Constitutions. The following states have taken measures to address these difficult issues by adopting a more-sensible approach, based on research, to their laws and registries:
In 93% of child sexual abuse cases, the child knows the person who commits the abuse. Only
7% are strangers and as many as 47% are family or extended family.
(National Sex Offender Public
Website, US Department of Justice)
Number of states that provide enough information on online registries for the public to be
able to interpret the charge and the age of both the registrant and the victim.
Illinois is not one of them.
(Justice Policy Institute)
• AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • GA • HI • IA • KS • MD • ME • MA • MN
• MT • NE • NH • NJ • NY • ND • OH • OR • PA • RI • SD • TX • VT