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PA: Does isolating sex offenders really work? Some experts say no

The arguments from experts who contend that residency restrictions such as those sought by Dawn Knull don’t work focus on concerns that the restrictions isolate sex offenders and make it more difficult for them to be rehabilitated.

“It is a bad idea from the perspective of public safety,” said Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which brought the case on behalf of sex offenders that led to the court striking down the Allegheny County ordinance.

Many experts have come out in recent years to say the restrictions don’t work, Roper said. Full Article

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Knull effort is aimed at restricting where sex offenders live, for sake of children’s safety

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  1. kat

    It becomes tiresome to read articles such as this where they speak about registrants being “more likely to reoffend” because of residency restrictions.
    No, registrants are more likely to “die” because of residency restrictions, not reoffend.
    When you can’t find a decent place to live, you can’t find a job because most jobs require you to have an address. No job means you can’t buy basic necessities, like food. If you are living under a bridge or in a tent city, exposed to the elements, you’re more likely to get sick, but since you have no job, you probably have no healthcare benefits nor money to seek treatment.
    Why in the world do people think when you are homeless, sick and starving that you’re immediate first instinct would be to go out and reoffend?
    How insane.

    • New Person

      I thought I read somewhere that registrants aren’t eligible for section 8 housing. So being indigent makes one eligible, but if you’re a former SO, then you’re now not eligible.

      punish people much?

    • David Kennerly, the Entrenched Client

      We’re all sick to death of the multitudes of ignoramuses who pretend to know all about us and spew their limitless bile at every available opportunity.

      Have you noticed the more recent uptick in those claiming that Registrants are overwhelmingly “psychopaths?”

      This has become pretty much boilerplate.

    • Timmr

      Kat, I agree, the only thing these people understand is repeat offending. Fixated on it. It seems to fascinates them. It’s a tiny group of registrants, once they stick their hand in a fire will choose to go through the pain again. That’s the rule backed up by recidivism studies. You wonder where these people are coming from thinking that offending is such a rewarding act we all want to just keep doing it. It says loads about the people who write articles like this to believe so, maybe they are in that 90% of non registrants that will commit the next sex crimes. It say nothing about the nature of registrants. What they say they hate is easily turned into something they secretly admire. Who knows but them. Being really anti registrant is a way to hide that from public view, like those vociferous social conservatives who meet young men in public restrooms. As far as I can see, the cops quoted in this article are far too fascinated by all this crap and themselves in positions to cover things up. It’s unhealthy.

  2. AJ

    Notice how the headline says “some” experts? Umm, no. As the journalist then (accidentally?) admits, it’s “most” experts say the restrictions don’t work. Sheesh!

    Here’s a radical idea: how about using clinical assessments to determine risk? What a novel idea! Oh wait, that would mean having to do work and spend money on the “filth” known as SOs. Much easier to toss the entire onus on their backs.

  3. Michael

    “Knull effort is aimed at restricting where sex offenders live, for sake of children’s safety.”

    Considering family members make up just over half of child abusers, is Knull suggesting we ban procreation and start sterilizing people?

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