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The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics

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 necessary to protect the public from their propensity to re-offend. Two Supreme Court decisions established that justification. But they rely on a scientific study that doesn’t exist. Full Article

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  1. brunello

    Senator Shelby, sponsor of the proposed International Megan’s law, needs to have his nose rubbed in this report.

    • Harry

      Send the report to him and everyone else. Mass mailing of the truth would not hurt. I will join you in the task.

      • PR

        Harry do you think the best way to get this report out is to mail it ie the Public Safety Committee, Shelby?

        • Harry

          Yes, and not only that, I have mailed this report to the CA Senators Offices and I will mail it to all other Senators.

        • PR

          Ok I will send out this report also. For starters going with Hueso, George and Sharon Runner, Shelby. Will try Gov. Brown and Gavin Newsom.

    • steve

      60 Minutes producers should also get a copy of the this paper that proves one of the biggest criminal justice farces ever.

  2. curiouser

    God bless this man for having the courage to write something that is true, accurate, and flies in the face of the mass perception (hysteria) that is promulgated by those who seek to enhance their futures by trampling on the bodies of the down-trodden.

  3. j

    This body of law is the Fountain of Youth for all politicians to drink from. It doesn’t matter that these laws are profoundly unconstitutional on so many fronts and that they obviously impose ex post facto punishment.

    One drink of the miracle water and there is new hope for their perpetuating political and public service careers on the backs of Lady Liberty, The US Constitution and the millions who have served their sentences and are being essentially punished for crimes not yet committed. If this isn’t a politicians dream, there isn’t one.

    File under lies, rhetoric and hyperbole – something too many politicians thrive upon.

  4. David

    Very good article that indicates the source (“Psychology Today”!) of the “very high and dangerous” (and false!) recidivism statistic. Judges basing major decisions on inaccurate information is a travesty of the law.

  5. Q

    A few statements in this article really hit home, and show how illogical the logic of all this really is.

    “People may assume the registry’s purpose is to warn people about those who committed violent, coercive, or exploitative contact sex offenses, but they’re in fact filled up with people who never did any of those things.”

    I have to wonder what the logic in Alaska is for doing this and how this could possibly facilitate anything good.

    “Alaska posts the address and place of employment of all registrants “for public viewing in print or electronic form, so that it can be used by “any person” and “for any purpose.””

    I wonder if they (the supreme court) are getting paid, which could be the basis for their cavalier attitude and cavalier rulings.

    “Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has fed the fear. It’s become the “go to” source that courts and politicians rely upon for “facts” about sex offender recidivism rates that aren’t true.”

    “The Court’s casual approach to the facts of sex offender re-offense rates is far more frightening than the rates themselves.”

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “something is rotten in Denmark.” Lawmakers and the courts have been at this for a very long time now, and to still speak, act vote and rule the way they do, acting as though they have never been exposed to the facts/truth. This speaks for it’s self. And what it’s saying is not good.

    • j

      A lie told a thousand times becomes the truth. How many thousands of lies have been told to get to where we are? This is like the apple in the garden of Eden and the temptation that is too great to prove anything other than the people that put them there are merely human and have all been subject to and failed the test of temptation.

      The problem that we have is that these lies are now law and it is too much to ask for the legislators to admit their wrongdoing. The only way they can respond it to lie ever more in hopes that someday it will become truth. The even bigger challenge is to get them to admit to having lied. Good luck with that one as the Constitution lines the floor in shreds and the tears run down the cheek of Lady Liberty as the role of the judiciary to impose checks and balances has been ceded to chaos and more obfuscation of truth.

      • Q

        These men and women that perpetuate this lie that is the “sex offender” do allot of harm. they are only out for themselves. And they have people believing that only they and their laws can protect people from this nonexistent threat; they are dishonorable liars; corrupt to the core. They only look like they aren’t. Decades of their rhetoric have the public so dumbed down that they wouldn’t recognize truth if it landed in their lap.

        “When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” Dresden James.

        “The measure of a man is what he does with power.” ― Plato

  6. mike r

    What’s up with this article I can’t seem to open it or veiw it and it sounds like there is good fodder in it from the summary that could be used in my motion

  7. mike r

    Ok I thought this was a new article thanks

  8. Harry

    I have found a related article on this topic. http://www.gateschilipost.com/article/20150904/NEWS/150909791

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