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Bob Dyer: Sex-crime punishments incredibly inconsistent

We seem to have no trouble differentiating between a minor fistfight and an assault with a crowbar that turns someone into a vegetable. But for some reason, we tend to lump all sex crimes into one big category. Full Opinion Piece

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It looks as though Mr.Dyer is going to actually look into the real stats on recidivism. Will be interesting reading more of his articles in the future.

The feedback is working! He quotes one actual study in this article and promises a closer look at the recidivism studies in an article to be released over the weekend. It’s nice to see emotion give way to facts, and someone who’s willing to take a look at the data somewhat objectively.

Yep I just sent him all the reports I’ve collected.

Thanks for posting this new piece by Mr. Dyer. I had written to him expressing my disappointment at the recidivism statement in his previous OpEd. He wrote back and directed me to this article. He also mentioned that he will be researching for a new article on Sunday addressing this issue.
Thanks, Mr. Dyer, for being ethical and responsible! I just wish everyone in the media were more like you!!!

This is what I sent him and I hope everyone distributes these reports to everyone possible. Law makers keep adding more restrictions and regulations on ex-sex offenders and they are completely counterproductive since it further destabilizes their lifes and makes it more difficult to reintergrate into society which increases the risk for reoffense. These laws were originally designed to give law enforcement a tool to track and apprehend sexually violent predators, child abducters/rapist and habitual repeat offenders when such acts have been committed in the community but have since been expanded to the point to make the registration and notification… Read more »

I have a suggestion that the web designer for this site put these links and all other relevant studies in a side bar on every page. That way, we can have the information handy when we write letters or make comments to the articles. I am going to put these links in a folder on my computer. Organization is key to success. Also, we need to tell the difference between “recidivism” and “re-offense”. The CDCR report states a recidivism rate of about 70%. 1.8% of those recidivists committed a new sexual offense or about 1.2% of the total on parole.… Read more »

Awesome article! The feedback did indeed work. Now let’s write to him and thank him for writing an unbiased article that looks at facts instead of emotion!

Hopefully this will get people thinking and talking about what sex offenses are or are not. I’d rather not open the child pornography can of worms just yet, but if someone wanted the truth then a few points raised by Bob would be excellent starting positions for thought provoking lines of questioning and discovering what questions should be asked.

I wrote to him as well.

Congratulations everyone! Our efforts really did make a difference and absolutely influenced Bob’s opinion on the topic. Other then a quick thank you note (if you like his article this Sunday) I think we should probably leave him alone for now. I got this message back from him today (Friday): “Thanks for your note. My column for Sunday is already in the can. And if I read one more study on this topic, my head is going to explode. I ended up quoting some meta-studies, including one that looked at 82 previous studies. Having written three consecutive columns on the… Read more »

He actually read the studies! That’s a first. He also replied to my email.
For that, I vote him “man of the year”.
Seriously, it’s very rare for someone to take their time to respond, and I for one, really thought highly of him for that alone.

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