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    Othniel Kenaz

    the question at issue, whether these recidivism rates are any worse than for non-sex-offenders.  If they're the same, then we need a justification for just locking sex offenders up forever and not robbers.

    Even by these states, well over half of "child sex offenders" do not re-offend, and some of those who do do not reoffend with another sex crime.  So if we confine sex offenders forever, we're needlessly incarcerating over half of the confined population, at enormous expense and enormous injustice.  And I have little confidence in the capacity of "criminal justice experts" to forecast the future, and know who will reoffend and who won't.

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