The Risk of Recidivism among Sex Offenders is Remarkably Low
Each year the State of Connecticut produces a report on recidivism in the state. This year Connecticut focused on sex offender recidivism and came up with some eye-opening statistics.
Facts and Fiction about Sex Offenders
Myth: Sex offenders are mean strangers who steal kids from playgrounds.
An Ohio prison intake report on sex offenders imprisoned in 1992 revealed that 2.2 percent of child molesters were strangers to their victims, and 89 percent of perpetrators had never been convicted before. A 2006 report for the Ohio Sentencing Commission said 93 percent of molestation victims were well known to their perpetrators, over half the offenders victimized close relatives, and 93 percent of molesters had never been arrested for a previous sex crime.
The New York Times - March 10, 2012 Author: Michelle Alexander Read More
AFTER years as a civil rights lawyer, I rarely find myself speechless. But some questions a woman I know posed during a phone conversation one recent evening gave me pause: “What would happen if we organized thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of people charged with crimes to refuse to play the game, to refuse to plea out? What if they all insisted on their Sixth Amendment right to trial? Couldn’t we bring the whole system to a halt just like that?” Read More Michelle Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”
By Chris Dornin This article also appears in corrections.com.
Nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped from her Florida home, raped and buried alive in February 2005. Lawmakers filed the 82-page Jessica Lunsford Act in her memory on April 1. Gov. Jeb Bush signed the new law on May 2. That’s light speed for any legislature. It passed unanimously in both houses. The most draconian sex offender code in America at the time had a mandatory 25-year minimum sentence for any sex crime against a child under age 12. The bid was life without parole for perpetrators older than 17.