Legislators, public officials, and members of the public routinely claim that people who have committed sex offenses pose a great risk to the public because they have "astronomically high" recidivism rates. The study also found that recidivism rates varied markedly depending on the kind of sex crime committed.
When law enforcement notifies a community about the presence of a registrant by placing a notice in a local newspaper or on the local television station, for example, they expand notification to include more than those who live in close proximity to the offender.
For example, in Ohio, only 8 percent of former sex offenders were reincarcerated for another sex offense within a year period. In addition to an exhaustive review of the published scientific and legal literature about sex offenders, we interviewed sex offenders and 90 of their loved ones, all of whom are referred to in the report by pseudonyms, given their concerns about privacy.
According to a survey conducted by the US Department of Health and Welfare, by age 14, more than one-third of the survey's respondents reported genital play with another youth under the age of 18, and about one-fifth had started having sexual intercourse.
Any offender who does not follow these rules is subject to immediate arrest. Zip code ratio of number of residents to the number of sex offenders compared to county and state: Note: Higher values mean more residents per sex offender Florida: Pasco County: Zip code : Results can be displayed in list or map form.
Owners of City-data. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation CBI maintains this site and evaluates the accuracy and integrity of all sexual offender registration records to determine if the data fulfills the minimum requirements for all Internet postings. An estimated 60 percent of perpetrators are known to the child but are not family members.
The focus of sex offender laws on people who have previously been convicted of sex offenses may originate in the misperception that most if not all of those who have committed sex crimes in the past will do so again. Those who search state and national databases can do so anonymously in every state except New York and Vermont, where those seeking to search the website must provide their names and addresses which are kept confidential and seen only by state officials.
A study of male child sex offenders and 41 female child sex offenders in Philadelphia found that one in 10 of the boys committed another sex offense within eight years of their 18th birthday. According to his mother, "He never goes outside, he never opens his shutters.
I based my support of broad-based community notification laws on my assumption that sex offenders have the highest recidivism rates of any criminal. I know there are violent sexual predators that need to be punished, but this seems like punishment far beyond reasonable for what my son did.
We also searched each state's juvenile code for specific provisions dealing with the obligation of young offenders to register and be subject to community notification. Jim's mother says that he has been incarcerated three times for violating parole, but for things that have nothing to do with endangering the community-he was late to work, he was at a nursing home visiting his grandfather, and he was on a college campus.