Monday, June 1, 2009

Sex Offenders To State: Don't Release Us!



This is an amazing story that perhaps is indicative of the fact that at least some sex offenders can't help themselves and fear they will attack again.

The New York Daily News is reporting that two-thirds of sex offenders incarcerated in New York requested that they not be paroled when their terms ended. They asked the state to, instead, to commit them to mental hospitals. They were afraid that, if they are released, they will not be able to control their urges and may strike once more.

A New York state law gives incarcerated sex offenders the option of being transferred to a mental hospital in lieu of parole.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm rather torn on this one. On the one hand, we know the recidivism rate on pedophiles is very poor. Most become repeat offenders.


On the other hand, if we legally acknowlege that a pedophile cannot "help himself", that his condition is chronic, or even perhaps heritable, then we run the risk of making them a protected class of people, rather than the pariahs they are on society.


-LD McLellan