Did you know that people with sex offenses reoffend at rates significantly lower than the general corrections population? If they do commit a new crime it will most likely not be a sexual or violent crime. Most studies put the S.O. recidivism rate in the single digits compared to Colorado’s general recidivism rate of around 50%.
Punishment for sexual offenses is painted with a broad brush and is often life-long. Offenders often have to manage polygraphs; drug tests; a variety of therapy groups; overworked parole officers; crowded halfway houses; unreasonable schedule requirements; limited access to technology; and other sky-high hurdles. Add this all up and life can genuinely feel unlivable for many people.
The craziest thing about it all is that every piece of research and evidence suggests the vast majority of these draconian systems not only don’t work, but they often actually lead to higher rates of recidivism.
Join us for an insightful evening learning more about the ecosystem of sexual offenses in our criminal justice system and communities.
We're excited to host a free screening of the film Untouchable at the shop on Thursday, July 19 at 6:30pm. This compelling documentary focuses on some of the reentry challenges we regularly see in our work. We're excited to share this opportunity with our friends and hope you'll be able to attend!