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3 ways to help sex offenders safely reintegrate back into the community

[phys.org – 9/3/19]

Few categories of offender invoke as strong a response as sex offenders. There is a public desire to “do something” about sex offenders, which is taken seriously by politicians of all persuasions.

One way governments have responded is by increasing the length of time sex offenders spend behind bars. For example, most Australian states and territories now allow for “dangerous sex offenders”—such as Edward Latimer, who committed numerous offenses against adult victims—to be kept in custody after their sentences have ended.

But it’s not feasible to keep all convicted sex offenders in prison forever, and there comes a time when even offenders like Latimer must be released. This, understandably, creates public anxiety and raises questions about what steps should be taken to ensure public safety.

In response to cases such as these, many countries have introduced laws that apply to sex offenders after they complete their sentences. These include requiring the community to be notified about their release from prison, placing restrictions on where they can live and maintaining sex offender registers.

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  1. Roger

    IT IS NOT ABOUT DOING THE SAME ! it is about stopping Authorities from doing harm in the name of the law, violating Civil, Constitutional and human Rights
    No they are not rightfully fearful. …the Law has been administered when person completed sentence and the Law had every opportunity to get more than fair share of say so into the lives of these men.
    So accountability is not allowed to be intrusive, abusive and excessive !
    All this ADMINISTRATIVE SAFETY MUMBO JUMBO IS A VIOLATION OF DEFENDANTS RIGHTS …. THE LAW HAS TO FIND LEGAL WAYS TO ACCOMPLISH ITS RIGHTEOUS STANCE… NOT MAKE UP NEW RULES WHILE ADVANCING ITS GOALS AT THE DETREMENT OF THE ACCUSED OTHER WISE JUSTICE HAS MORPHED INTO A COMMUNIST BEAST TO PLEASE ITS OWN SELFISH AND CORRUPT END GAME !
    SO, IS THE LAW A PRE CRIME JUDICIAL SYSTEM THAT BENDS ITS SCRUPLES AND RULE OF LAW ONLY IN FAVOR OF VICTIMS AND NOT EQUAL TO ALL PARTIES INVOLVED !
    Are we now to the point that Justice means any and all Defendant Rights are subject to whatever forfieture, or Sevearly Deminished or scrutinized without fair representation at the whim of Governments and no recourses/avenues for those charged to have a normal, free life because of insatiable fears and constant life interferences by any and all people, i.e. Authority, public, private …THE WHOLE DAMN WORLD. ENDLESSLY !!!
    REALLY !!!
    LET’S TALK ABOUT AN END TO AUTHORITARIAN ABUSES AND BALANCE.
    THKS …..

    • Roger H

      @Roger, good to meet you. I’m the ACSOL Roger who sends out the emails.

      To eliminate confusion, I will use the name “Roger H” from now on. Otherwise people will think I am making a comment that you are making.

      Could you please uniquely identy yourself with something added on to “Roger”?

      Thanks

      • Roger

        Sure, and Thks for posting and separating names…I hope my commitments encourage others to take a strong stand and be more involved as well as think, think and think some for themselves and our brothers in trouble !
        Good night.

  2. Tim in WI

    The issue with gladiator schools is that they result in bigger and better gladiators.

  3. P

    I sent the following comments to the editor of the magazine:

    “I think this story is very poorly written. It starts with the presumption that “sex offenders” are a group to be feared and therefore justifiably vilified. In fact, the vast majority of “sex offenders” are harmless and will never re-offend. This has been proven time and again by evaluation of the recidivism rates. So, the basic premise of the article is fundamentally flawed.

    In fact, I believe it is far more likely that a member of the public will be sexually assaulted by a cop than a registered “sex offender”. Personally, I am far more afraid of angry people with guns and people with a propensity to “drink and drive”. The problem is that emotions cloud good judgment and when people hear the term “sex offender” they immediately default to the extreme example of a child abducting murderer.

    Sadly, this article does nothing to advance intellectual thought based upon factual evidence.”

    • Notorious D.I.K. / Kennerly

      Agreed! “Sex offenders” and “pedophiles” have long played a special boogeyman role in puritanical America. Any degree of moderation in describing or treating them is, itself, to be regarded as suspicious and so, only wild intemperance in their description and treatment is socially allowable. The highly stigmatized counter-narrative is on the ascendancy, however as individuals and organizations discover their voices and push-back against the shrill, hysterical and ignorant. This struggle is as much about censorship and intimidation as anything else but the oppressors are far more vulnerable to brave and independent voices than they realize. Indeed, we have already seen positive results.

      The following piece, written by Slate Magazine founder, Michael Kinsley for Time Magazine, is a great example of this bravery. “The Thin Line Between Love and Lust” http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,232596,00.html

      • Jun

        Wholeheartedly agree. And so true that this is about intimidation. And fear. Tables are turning. Taste of their own medicine.

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