October 13, 2007

And about recidivism

Gideon called me out (and rightfully so) about a comment I made vis a vis recidivism of sex offenders. And pointed me to the Report of the Sex Offender Policy Task Force by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS (February 24, 2007)

It cannot be doubted that some sex offenders, just like some burglars, swindlers and robbers cannot or will not be rehabilitated and will commit subsequent crimes. However, the research demonstrates that sex offenders are far less likely to repeat their crimes once caught and punished. Recidivism rates for sex offenders are significantly lower than those for other offenses. A study conducted by the United States Justice Department revealed that only 5.3 percent of persons convicted of a sex crime will commit will be arrested for another sex crime and that only 3.3 percent of persons convicted of child molestation crimes will be arrested for another sex crime against children.5 These recidivism rates are substantially less than equivalent rates for other offenders. For instance people convicted of theft offenses were re-arrested the rate of 77 percent and motor vehicle thieves were re-arrested at the rate of 79 percent.6

So, yeah. Mea Culpa.

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