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Is Our Approach to Sex Offender Risk and Policy on the Mark?

Sex offender registration laws and policies appear to have been based on popular misconceptions regarding sex offenders. That is, law and policy were based on the premise that ALL sex offenders are a danger to society, a danger to children, strangers to their victims, and likely to reoffend (Levenson & D’Amora, 2007).

However, this is not the case. Full Editorial

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This is a good article and Michelle Beshears actually did some research with citations, unlike other articles I’ve read where the author just spouts out misconceptions, half truths and outright lies, as well as leaving out information vital to getting a clear idea and forming an accurate opinion. I am a bit leery of accepting the numbers she gives for missing or fugitive registrants. I think she needs to seek out other sources and compare the numbers. I do like her comparison of recidivism for registrants with recidivism for other crimes. I can accept the 5.3% for registrants, which doesn’t… Read more »

Very good article about something that should be common sense anyways. The majority of so called “sex offenders” should not be treated like the real predators. After all, focus should be on protecting our children and not on people who committed offenses that had nothing do with harming children or children altogether. With so many new offenses being added to the list of “sex crimes”, it becomes harder and harder for law enforcement to keep track of those who are actual dangers to society and children. Let’s make a change to all this so more children can be protected. It… Read more »

Let’s just call it like it is. The Megan’s Laws and their spawn are nothing more than public hysteria made into law. Even on this site people believe there are roving bands of predators out there to which these laws apply. It’s just a matter of finding the right villains? These laws are shown to have no deterrence to those very rare cases of horrendous abductions and murders everyone fears. Yet the myth exists and the public delusion is enhanced with each new sex offender law. Meanwhile our system of laws is in danger. If any group can be defined… Read more »

Kernels of decent points were made in the article and I give the author credit for doing the research to mention them. Unfortunately the answer to: is our approach to sex offender risk and policy being on the mark?, is no not yet. To be blunt all criminal policy needs to be connected to victim policy. Phrased another way; post conviction risk assessment and policy means nothing if pre-offense prevention is almost non-existent. What good is it to advocate stopping something a second time if serious efforts are not made to stop something from happening in the first place? Here’s… Read more »

We need more people like Michelle Beshears elected to office instead of the coward Kool-Aid-drinking sheeple shepherds that we currently have in Sacramento!!!!!!

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