While the pocket parks springing up around the country offer a sense of security to residents, they will probably leave more convicted sex offenders homeless. And research shows that once sex offenders lose stable housing, they become not only harder to track but also more likely to commit another crime, according to state officials involved with managing such offenders.
What do we do with them, though? I think that's the frustration everyone feels. The research that I've seen discussed suggests they are not curable. Even if 90 percent of them don't re- offend, no one is going to be ok with that 10 percent risk being near their kids. Sexual assault devastates kids and is, short of death, the thing parents are most afraid of for their kids.
Australian here. You can keep your own criminals, thank you very much. You break 'em, you bought 'em.
Anyway, people with 'substantial criminal records' are excluded from our fair land.
Florida's age of consent is 18, though the law contains a provision allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to consent to having sex with someone age 16 to 23.
More than a third of sex crimes against juveniles are committed by juveniles, according to new research commissioned by the Justice Department.
"I've seen the whole spectrum," from serious and even sadistic crimes to 16-year-old boys having sex with 13-year-old girlfriends, says psychiatrist Fred Berlin, founder of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic. He says research shows the vast majority of juvenile sex offenders don't become adult ones.
He says too many end up on sex offender registries. "They shouldn't be stigmatized for the rest of their lives," Berlin says.
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