Contrary to popular belief, convicted sex offenders typically don’t commit those acts again but it’s difficult to determine who will and who won’t.
The idea of a sexual predator stalking our neighborhoods like hunters preying on innocent women and children is frightening. Certainly those predators exist: serial rapists and pedophiles who’ve assaulted numerous victims over months and years, even after prison sentences and convictions. They are the reason sex offender registration laws exist.
But that perception of sex offenders casts a wide net over thousands of men and women in the justice system. Research shows that view — and our preconceptions — may be too broad. In most cases, sex offenders are released from prison or probation and don’t re-offend. Full Article