In Colorado, in the middle of our nation, something has begun that, with any luck at all, will spread out from the center and continue until it permeates every corner of the country.
This article summarizes it. Titled "Audit criticizes Colorado's program for monitoring sex offenders," the heart of it is this: Colorado "...is wasting significant amounts of public money on supervision in the community.... The report's recommendations, if adopted, could dramatically change the supervision of sex offenders, many of whom are now monitored for life."
This report verifies what research and reform advocates have said for years. Most convicted sex offenders do not re-offend. Many do not need extensive treatment or supervision. Criteria used to determine levels and classifications are "hopelessly flawed."
Multiply this times every state, and the scope of the problem is immense. Millions in dollars and other resources are being thrown down the toilet.
With over 90% of all sexual offenses, close to 100% with children, being committed by those not on a registry, this ineffective model not only wastes resources but also leaves victims with no hope for the future. The only way to lower the incidences of future sexual assault is with comprehensive awareness and education programs in communities and schools for both adults and children.
The article makes note of the fact that some victims' advocates were unhappy with the report and in disagreement with it. The only reason some victims' groups--not all
do--would want to continue with the current system is that perpetual revenge
against those who have already offended takes precedence over the prevention of
new victims in the future.
I cannot think of anything more selfish.