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Sex offenders are more likely to reoffend than other criminals.

Myth 8: Sex offenders are more likely to reoffend than other criminals. by Radley Balko

Origenal Article here > http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/myths-of-criminal-justice-part-three_n_883935.html

There’s no set of crimes more plagued by misconceptions and hysteria than sex crimes. In some cities, laws restricting where convicted sex offenders can live once they’re released have become so restrictive, they’re forced to live under bridges or in patches of woods.

Learning From History Part 1

“Germany, May 15, 1871 – First Version of Paragraph 175 – Unnatural fornication, whether between persons of the male sex or of humans with beasts, is to be punished by imprisonment; a sentence of loss of civil rights may also be passed.”
What was the outcome of this law that was passed so long ago?

When Hitler came to power he “broadened the law so that the courts could pursue any “lewd act” whatsoever, even one involving no physical contact… leading to the possibility of punishment for acts as mild as kissing…. Convictions multiplied by a factor of ten to about 8,000 per year…. Furthermore, the Gestapo could transport suspected offenders to concentration camps without any legal justification at all (even if they had been acquitted or already served their sentence in jail)….Thus, between 5,000 and 15,000 sex offenders were forced into concentration camps, where they were identified by the pink triangle. The majority of them died there. In contradistinction to normal police, the Gestapo were authorized to take sex offenders into preventive detention.”

Today in the U.S. we face similar circumstances. True, some refuse to see the similarities between the modern U.S. and Nazi Germany, nonetheless they are there.