Recidivism of Sex Offenders


Sex offenders as a group from the State of Washington

A report from Texas

Anderson Cooper of CNN Says:

Center for Sex Offender Management

The 1997 Federal Study

A College Term Paper on Recidivism of Sex Offenders

Recidivism101 by Once Fallen

A seldom observed fact about the 1997 study

A Later Report From Washington State

From the Maine Sunday Telegram

Sex Offender Recidivism in Minnesota

A Report from Iowa

Myths and Facts About Sex Offenders

Sex Offender Recidivism: A Simple Question

A Report from University of Alaska Anchorage

A Report from Canada

A Report from Connecticut

To Speak the Truth

An Analysis of Sex offender Recidivism

Myths and Facts About Sex Offenders

Sex Offender recidivism from Alberta Canada

A Nebraska Study

The Press Release of the DOJ 1997 study

A Missouri Study

My personal recidivism score.

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Recidivism of Sex Offenders

Much has been said on TV and Radio and written in newspapers saying that sex offenders do it again and again. The statement is often quoted That 85% of serial pedophiles repeat their crimes. The problem with the study is that the entire sample of offenders used in the study already had two or more convictions for sexual offences. It is that group that causes so much fear in communities where sex offenders live. Yet it is so often cited that many are mislead into thinking all child molesters will reoffend 85% of the time.

The fact of the matter is quite different. The vast majority of offenders do not reoffend after they have gone to prison for their offenses. I'm talking here about the numberous studies that show a recidivism rate for child molesters is actually 3.3 to 8%

A U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics report revealed that, when it comes to recidivism — the percentages rearrested, but not necessarily guilty, within three years of their release for the “same category of offense” for which they were most recently in prison — drug offenders have the highest rate of recidivism, at 41.2 percent. Larceny is next at 33.9 percent, followed by burglary, assault, fraud and robbery. Rapists, the study found, are rearrested for rape just 2.5 percent of the time.

The links at the left go to various studies and artlcles that tell the truth about the recidivism of sex offenders and child molesters. They are based on actual data not rumor or emotion.

All these reports or at least most of them make a reference to the allegation that it is hard to get a true reading of the recidivism of sex offenders because many sex crimes go unreported. To me this is a caution they make which does not stand up when states have mandatory reporter laws. In Iowa, where I committed my offence all school employees are mandatory child abuse reporters. My victim told me she was sure her counselor at school would not report the abuse if she told the counselor about it. I told repeatedly told her that her counselor would report it and her counselor did follow the law and make the report. If she had not made the report she could have been sent to prison also.

You may think that selected these studies because they all show a low rate of recidivism. That is not true. I used Google and Yahoo and simply typed "Recidivism of Sex Offenders" and hit "Search" I put every study that came up in the first five or six screens that was not a duplicate of something I already had links to and added links to all of them. It was only after I had put the links in that I realized every study showed a low rate of recidivism for sex offenders.





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