Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Is Cramming Sex Offenders Into Two Trailers A Real Solution To Re-integration?

On Monday I posted about the effect sex offender residency laws had on recidivism. Yesterday, there was a story over at The New York Times that underscored the unintended consequences these laws have. Long Island's Suffolk County ended up cramming up to 40 sex offenders into two county owned trailers. 
Without stable housing after prison, sex offenders can be hard to monitor and are more likely to lapse again into predation, said Bill O’Leary, a forensic therapist who works with victims and perpetrators of sexual and violent crimes in the New York area. 
“This forces them to be more transient, which gives them more exposure to society,” Mr. O’Leary said, referring to the residency restrictions. “Even those that are the more predatory are forced to be out in society.”
Via The New York Times 
Most of these laws prohibit a sex offender from living within a specified distance from schools, day care centers or school bus stops. But these laws don't prohibit sex offenders from going to those locations, just living near them. Because of this, you have to wonder if these laws were just passed to make us feel better about a difficult societal problem without offering any real solutions.


  1. As long as these laws are passed to satisfy politicians' egos instead of society's harms they remain ineffective.

    Sex offenders only become law enforcement's priority after they have re-offended.

  2. Bright Blue, Unfortunately, all too many laws are ill conceived.


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