Thursday, November 04, 2004

Study Finds Sex Criminals Reoffend 90 % of Time

About 90 per cent of pedophiles and other sex offenders reoffend after being caught and released, according to a new study that finds that Canadian officials "grossly underestimate" the risk they pose.

An article in the October issue of the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice asserts that academics, judges and correctional officials frequently lowball the danger posed by sex offenders because poor and incomplete data hide the fact that convicted criminals are a much greater threat than most experts realize.

"Sex offenders' actual cost to society and the danger they present appear to be grossly underestimated," the new study finds. It asserts that jail terms averaging only three to four years failed entirely to rehabilitate the vast majority of 351 offenders, whose lives were studied over 30 years.

Source: Globe and Mail.