Although statistics demonstrate that there is a low rate of re-offense for registrants, reports released by the government often conveys the opposite, according to a newly released academic report. The report concluded that the government’s use of untrue or unsubstantiated ‘knowledge’ can have deleterious effects such as the passage of new laws that violate registrants’ civil rights and do not increase public safety.
In addition to a comprehensive analysis of statistical data, the report includes quotes of false information regarding re-offense rates from federal and state legislators that led to the passage of new laws. For example, Congressman David Hobson testified in 1993 that 74 percent of all convicted child abusers are repeat offenders and that the average child sex offender will molest an average of 117 youngsters in his or her lifetime. And Congressman Mark Foley, who later resigned after sending text messages to teenage boys, testified in 2005 that there is a 90 percent likelihood of recidivism of sexual crimes against children.