The police are doing their bit to track down sex offenders that are released from the prison. The re-offense rate is about one in 20 cases, which is quite high. The media usually focuses on sensational crimes and violent incidents; whereas the problem is that most of the sex offenders are not violent and they are not pedophiles. The most common occurrences such as people assaulted by someone they know is overlooked many a time.
Another problem with these sexual predators is that most states have limited the places where they can live, and this forces them to live on the streets. Since the states usually forbid them from living anywhere within 880 feet of a school or daycare, and in large metros, the concentration of schools and parks is so high, that these people literally find everything off limits for housing, taking them to the streets.
Experts are of the belief that one of the problems with homelessness for sex offenders is that their sense of instability and stress levels increase as they are forced to remain without a home and this in turn can prove to be dangerous for public safety.
One of the most important reasons for repeat crime is also said to be that although every state today maintains a sex offenders registry and makes this available for the public, some states still may not update and maintain them with the level of commitment that is required. This makes the sex offenders registry incomplete, leaving out certain names that should be in there.
There are several more reasons for repeat crime by the sexual predators that roam our streets. It is dangerous to think on the lines of “there are no sex offenders in my area,” just because you don’t know any better.
Check for these criminals in your area in the sex offenders registry. Remember, what you don’t know can hurt you and what you know can help you.
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date posted: 2009-03-16 04:10:12