Sex offender proposal withdrawn

Silver City Town Councilor Simon Wheaton-Smith said Tuesday that he is withdrawing an ordinance he introduced regarding sex offender residency requirements. Full Story
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Since: Jan 09

Tulsa, OK

#21 Oct 21, 2010
A great article I highly recommend.

Ten Myths About Sex Offenders - http://t.co/dUsk2NG

Recidivism is defined as repeat criminal behavior among offenders.

Of all crimes, sex offenders are widely believed to have the highest level of recidivism. However, treatment professionals and criminologists have known for some time that once sex offenders are caught, only a small minority of them will commit another sex crime. Although some pedophiles, before they are caught, have many victims, most have a single victim in or about their own family.

We all hope for the day when we can see fewer sex offenses and particularly fewer juvenile victims of such crimes. But so long as what we think we know about these types of crimes is based on myths and fear rather than facts, that day will never come. There are several myths that are widely believed that need to be debunked.

Since: Jan 09

Tulsa, OK

#22 Oct 21, 2010
MYTH #1: "SEX OFFENDERS WILL ALWAYS KEEP OFFENDING." http://t.co/dUsk2NG

Contrary to widespread public opinion, once-caught sex offenders have a very low recidivism rate. With or without treatment, more than 87% of the once-caught do not commit another sex crime. With treatment, the likelihood of re-offending is even lower.

In contrast, according to the 2004 U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics study, 69% of all other types of criminals go back to prison, and they do so within five years. Over a longer period of time, other FBI statistics show, about 74% of all other types of offenders return to prison.

When that figure is compared to only 2% to 13%, the recidivism rate for sex offenders in reality is only a tiny fraction of what it is for other types of crime. This is not what the public believes and certainly not what they have heard. As the trackings of tens of thousands clearly attest, most people learn from their mistakes,and sex offenders are no exception. Just getting caught changes the behavior of most individuals.
Sue

AOL

#23 Oct 21, 2010
Politicians in EVERY town & state need to look at all the reports and evidence out there that supports what this town is doing instead of creating hysteria and trying to grab votes for being "tough" on crime. Finally some politicians with common sense!
Another friend

Santa Fe, NM

#24 Oct 21, 2010
DrCuCUMber wrote:
Great!!!! Not only do we have perverts working in our schools, they get to live next to them to!!! Why can't the towns people get their heads out of their a$$ and realize we have a BIG issue with sex offenders and it needs to be taken care of!!!
I think you are part of the problem. You should take a closer look at the way you are responding to these storys. Soom of these men are trouble but not all of them. Find out the facts before you open your mouth and please learn how to read and write and watch what you are writing before you write it.
AntiSocialist

Springdale, AR

#25 Oct 25, 2010
Liberalism IS a mental disorder.

“Just Eat Me!”

Since: Jul 10

1st row passed the tomatoes

#26 Oct 26, 2010
Another friend wrote:
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I think you are part of the problem. You should take a closer look at the way you are responding to these storys. Soom of these men are trouble but not all of them. Find out the facts before you open your mouth and please learn how to read and write and watch what you are writing before you write it.
Don't hate the CuCUMber..hate the pickle your friend is in!!!!!

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