New evidence that US sex offender laws increase crime

Writing at qz,com, Steven Yoder explains how U.S. sex offender policies — such as residency restrictions, public notification, and sex offender registries themselves — increase ctrime.

In a study released in July 2016, researchers from the California and Canadian justice departments looked at more than 1,600 California sex offenders on probation or parole. Overall, the group’s sex-crime recidivism rates were low–less than 5% during the five-year follow-up period. But those who were homeless were over four times more likely to commit a repeat sex crime than those who weren’t. “Collectively, transient status seems to be associated with higher sexual recidivism rates,” the researchers concluded. That’s likely because those who lack stable homes, jobs, and social connections are more prone to reoffend. 

That is one of several examples Yoder cites of how these laws are counterproductive.

Read more here.

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