Reply To: NARSOL files amicus brief in premises case before Illinois Sup Ct


David Harbour

I am distressed by the, what I consider misuse of terms regarding crime statistics and sex offenders. The term recidivism needs to be put aside, and the proper term reoffense rate needs to be applied. Recidivism includes new sex offenses, new non-sex offenses, parole and probation violations. Unfortunately, this skews the number that we should be talking about, reoffense rate, as in how many previously convicted individuals go on to commit additional sex offenses. Those who have an agenda, as in passing new and tougher laws no doubt want to continue using the former rather than the later, as it serves their purpose. However, those of us who are attempting to get at the truth, as in what the evidence shows, need to start using the later.