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Lincoln County Resident

United States

#1 Jul 7, 2010
Is it just me that thinks this? Why do we let convicted sex offenders out on the street? Where is our government,I say if they are caught and convicted DON'T GIVE THEM ANOTHER CHANCE - GIVE THEM DEATH PENALTY!!! It will just be another innocent child abused from a repeated criminal. Where do we start with our government?
just me

Foristell, MO

#2 Jul 7, 2010
That is not ALWAYS the truth! Yes, it is sometimes. My nephew exposed himself on a float trip and they wanted to make him a sex offender for life. Did he deserve the death penalty? NO!!! We HAVE to give EVERYONE their rights! What if that was your son!!! How would you feel about that? Everything is not always what it appears to be.
Lincoln County Resident

United States

#3 Jul 7, 2010
just me wrote:
That is not ALWAYS the truth! Yes, it is sometimes. My nephew exposed himself on a float trip and they wanted to make him a sex offender for life. Did he deserve the death penalty? NO!!! We HAVE to give EVERYONE their rights! What if that was your son!!! How would you feel about that? Everything is not always what it appears to be.
Alright, then let's go with if they touch or hurt children?
Educated

Mission, KS

#4 Jul 7, 2010
Actually sex offenders, particularly against children, are the least likely to re-offend according to the DOJ. Recidivism for another sexual based crime is less than 6%. Hovers around 46% for sex based convictions and recidivism for non-sex based crimes. Compare that to a national average of over 60% for convicted nonsexual offenders to re-enter the penal system. Another interesting fact, ex-cons convicted of a non-sexual based crime are more likely to commit a sexual based crime post-prison than someone who was convicted of a sexual based crime.
Interesting

O Fallon, MO

#5 Jul 7, 2010
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics...

I'm sure you wouldn't mind sharing the source of the statistics you cited.
Educated

Mission, KS

#6 Jul 7, 2010
US Department of Justice - Bureau of Justice Statistics.

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/rsor...

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not an advocate of chester-molesters around the world, but the media tends to, shall we say, "sensationalize" in the interest of "public awareness".
Phoenix

Arkadelphia, AR

#7 Jul 7, 2010
Meanwhile, the existing research raises tough questions about the relative danger child molesters pose to society. Their likelihood of being convicted for a crime after release is much lower than average for all criminals released from prison, and even for all sex offenders, at least in the short term, as measured by a Bureau of Justice Statistics study and others. Yet their crimes, when they do repeat child abuse, are unusually harmful, and their victims particularly vulnerable. Does that justify the closer monitoring of child molesters after release, compared with other criminals? Dr. Doren isn’t sure, pointing out, for example, that convicted rapists are more likely to re-offend in the years immediately after release, and more likely to commit other violent crimes.“If we’re concerned about violence generically, it’s rapists we should be concerned about” in the short term, he said. http://blogs.wsj.com/numbersguy/how-likely-ar...
Phoenix

Arkadelphia, AR

#8 Jul 7, 2010
More information is available at other sites, but according to everything I read they are stating that sex offencers of repeat is lower then it has been. They are still doing studies and hopefully will have something.
Interesting

O Fallon, MO

#9 Jul 8, 2010
OK - I still think that you might be picking your statistics. I don't think that the reports are sensationalistic. The fact is, Phoenix, you are correct. We are dealing with a vulnerable set of victims and we SHOULD deal with the offenders differently. According to the same DOJ stats Child Molesters are more likely to reoffend (notice the three year stat - Smith had only been out 4):

"Compared to non-sex offenders
released from State prisons, released
sex offenders were 4 times more likely
to be rearrested for a sex crime.
Within the first 3 years following their
release from prison in 1994, 5.3%(517
of the 9,691) of released sex offenders
were rearrested for a sex crime."

...

"Compared to the 9,691 sex offenders
and to the 262,420 non-sex offenders,
released child molesters were more
likely to be rearrested for child molesting.
Within the first 3 years following
release from prison in 1994, 3.3%(141
of 4,295) of released child molesters
were rearrested for another sex crime
against a child. The rate for all 9,691
sex offenders (a category that includes
the 4,295 child molesters) was 2.2%
(209 of 9,691). The rate for all 262,420
non-sex offenders was less than half of
1%(1,042 of the 262,420)."
terroristhavealr eadywon

Moscow Mills, MO

#11 Jul 8, 2010
Lincoln County Resident wrote:
Is it just me that thinks this? Why do we let convicted sex offenders out on the street? Where is our government,I say if they are caught and convicted DON'T GIVE THEM ANOTHER CHANCE - GIVE THEM DEATH PENALTY!!! It will just be another innocent child abused from a repeated criminal. Where do we start with our government?
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My View

AOL

#12 Jul 8, 2010
My view is that any adult who preys on a child should pay a heavy price. Children are vulnerable at the hands of an adult; they can't defend themselves. Molesters should be held accountable for their actions. I don't care what DOJ statistics show; one can make numbers show anything to achieve the desired result. These people are perverts...maybe we should send them to Afghanistan instead of prison! All I have to say.
Educated

Mission, KS

#13 Jul 8, 2010
My View wrote:
My view is that any adult who preys on a child should pay a heavy price. Children are vulnerable at the hands of an adult; they can't defend themselves. Molesters should be held accountable for their actions. I don't care what DOJ statistics show; one can make numbers show anything to achieve the desired result. These people are perverts...maybe we should send them to Afghanistan instead of prison! All I have to say.
Make them someone else's problem... How very American of you.
Statistics (assumed honest) only show true numbers, and the knowledge of the reader.
Educated

Mission, KS

#15 Jul 8, 2010
Here's a statistic, 100% of people who drink water, die. I didn't make that into my desired result. You can either make sense of that, or stop drinking water because it will kill you.
Cranston

United States

#17 Jul 8, 2010
I'm for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.....and when it's deviant sexual contact with a child....hanging in the nearest tree would suit me fine. Having said that....I've heard of many cases where a young man age 18 had consensual sex with a fifteen or sixteen year old female ( that had in the case I heard come to his bedroom window in the middle of the night). The male didn't know that the female was underage.....parents find out....and now that young man must register as a sex offender for LIFE. Some prosecutors NEVER allow the dropping of the registration requirement even when common sense would dictate that the case doesn't warrant that designation. If the young man keeps his record clean ten years or more I feel that perhaps they should re-evaluate the purpose of having them register. That's the problem with the letter of the law....sometimes it doesn't suit the real intent of the law.
Cranston

United States

#18 Jul 8, 2010
I'm so glad they caught that scumbag....I heard that he was in the middle of repainting his car. Is that true?
Cranston

United States

#19 Jul 8, 2010
Has anyone found any connection between this offender and the Smitty's garage murder?
Cranston

United States

#20 Jul 8, 2010
Two felony cases with bodies in less than a week for Hawk Point....not the type of thing they want to be known for.
Educated

Mission, KS

#21 Jul 8, 2010
Cranston wrote:
I'm for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.....and when it's deviant sexual contact with a child....hanging in the nearest tree would suit me fine. Having said that....I've heard of many cases where a young man age 18 had consensual sex with a fifteen or sixteen year old female ( that had in the case I heard come to his bedroom window in the middle of the night). The male didn't know that the female was underage.....parents find out....and now that young man must register as a sex offender for LIFE. Some prosecutors NEVER allow the dropping of the registration requirement even when common sense would dictate that the case doesn't warrant that designation. If the young man keeps his record clean ten years or more I feel that perhaps they should re-evaluate the purpose of having them register. That's the problem with the letter of the law....sometimes it doesn't suit the real intent of the law.
You know, it's funny you say that... there's a strong difference between pedophilia and ephebophilia, but the courts don't recognize the difference, even when it pertains to other young "adults".
cali girl

Bowling Green, MO

#22 Jul 8, 2010
Lincoln County Resident wrote:
Is it just me that thinks this? Why do we let convicted sex offenders out on the street? Where is our government,I say if they are caught and convicted DON'T GIVE THEM ANOTHER CHANCE - GIVE THEM DEATH PENALTY!!! It will just be another innocent child abused from a repeated criminal. Where do we start with our government?
I totally AGREE!!!!!!!!!!
cali girl

Bowling Green, MO

#23 Jul 8, 2010
Lincoln County Resident wrote:
Is it just me that thinks this? Why do we let convicted sex offenders out on the street? Where is our government,I say if they are caught and convicted DON'T GIVE THEM ANOTHER CHANCE - GIVE THEM DEATH PENALTY!!! It will just be another innocent child abused from a repeated criminal. Where do we start with our government?
I TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!!! kill those sick bastards

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