Module 3.docx - Once a person has committed a violent sex offense that person it’s clear is substantially more likely than other members of the

Module 3.docx - Once a person has committed a violent sex...

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Once a person has committed a violent sex offense, that person, it’s clear, is substantially more likely than other members of the population to commit another. Sex offenders are people who are considered to be incapable of controlling their sexual instincts and habitual criminals. Whenever a certain threshold—perhaps 75%, perhaps higher or lower—is met for any individual, the state should not invoke its power to the public by subjecting that person to preventive detention. Cases with sex offenders involve an abnormally high degree of certainty about a high risk of future serious harmdoing. Sex offenders should not be subjected to preventive detention. Preventative confinement of people convicted of sex offenses to mental health treatment facilities after they complete their prison terms is an inappropriate response to this problem. The mental health system is for treatment and recovery, not punishment. Sexual predator statutes usually state that
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