Granted; recidivism arguments will never win the day. And correct: Recidivism can mean and does mean different things, depending on the situation. This same writer on her blog posted a great article apropos of that several years ago: http://with-justiceforall.blogspot.com/2013/04/thoughts-on-sex-offender-recidivism.html
Low rates aren’t due to the registry or today’s laws. They have remained steady through decades of studies and examination, before and after the registries as we know them came into being.
And even though recidivism arguments will never win the day, it is the horrible misstatement about them, the “frightening and high” rhetoric, that is largely responsible for the mess we are in now. We must do everything we can to combat that rhetoric as long as we have breath.