The 5.3 percent number comes from a U.S. Department of Justice study. Individual state studies have found lower reoffense rates. In Nebraska, for instance, the University of Nebraska-Omaha found a year-to-year reoffense rate of less than 1 percent.
The New York Times has a great editorial on the abject failure of current sex-offender policy. Here is the concluding paragraph: Public safety would be better served if resources were directed toward community supervision and other services for those leaving prison, rather than toward skirting the edges of the Constitution to keep them locked away.Continue reading “NY Times on Our Failed Sex-Offender Policy”
All of our sex-offender laws are premised on a statistic that is wrong. Professor Ira Ellman at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, writes: Proponents of criminal justice reform never talk about sex offenders. They’re political untouchables subject to lifelong restrictions that continue long past their confinement, restrictions justified as necessaryContinue reading “Law Professor: High Court Rulings Premised on a Study That Does Not Exist”