• Laws and Prevention of Sexual Violence or Recidivism

    Abstract: Sexual violence is a significant public health problem in the United States. In an effort to decrease the incidence of sexual assault, legislators have passed regulatory laws aimed at reducing recidivism among convicted sexual offenders. As a result, sex offenders living in the United States are bound by multiple policies, including registration, community notification, monitoring via a global positioning system, civil commitment, and residency, loitering, and Internet restrictions.

    These policies have led to multiple collateral consequences, creating an ominous environment that inhibits successful reintegration and may contribute to an increasing risk for recidivism. In fact, evidence on the effectiveness of these laws suggests that they may not prevent recidivism or sexual violence and result in more harm than good.

    [….] These laws are indicative of the government’s effort to be “tough on crime.” On the surface, they have intuitive appeal. Who would not want to take the toughest measures to protect children and families from someone who has committed a sexually based offense? However, intuition is not science, and a closer look at the laws’ purpose, intent, and outcomes reveals that problems do exist.

    –Please read this full article to learn about how laws are hurting your family when they limit your mobility due to inaccurate and out of place statistics of which those laws are created by. Link to this article is here:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2820068/

    The best part of this article is the 45 pages of real hard fact references at the end. Everyone of these refs. should be used in every probation modification hearing as well as points to be directed at Legislators and your community Representatives.

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