Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sex Offender Outpatient Program: “The Longer People are Institutionalized the More Complicated their Return to Society Becomes”

The below article is about Nebraska Sex Offender therapy program funding, but there is so much more in the article.  

Including the difficulties of retaining employment because co-workers and employers can’t look past the public label of “Sex Offender” and instead at the person in front of them who is not only qualified for the job but is a human being.  

On how lawmakers won’t spend one-dime on programs that assist Sex Offenders in a successful reentry or to thwart any future crime (sexual or not) but when it comes to locking them up (in prison or civil commitment) or creating another Registry requirement that carries a Felony punishment, the Politicians will spend any amount because they can tout it in the future campaign materials as “I’m Tough on Sexual Predators”. 

And how the public label which was claimed to keep society safer because they have a right to know who has been convicted of a sex crime actually makes a successful existence impossible. Just like all the books, studies and reports have concluded public registries do more harm than good. 

I could have just added it to the In the News page (a new 2015 page will be created soon), but I decided it deserved a spot as a post. 


Sex offender outpatient program a small cost in big system, January 17, 2015
By Nancy Hicks

For 23 years Caesar lived in an institution -- either prison or treatment center -- after being convicted of raping a woman in her apartment. 

His options were limited. Someone else cooked his meals, told him when to get up, when to eat, when he could have visitors. 

He served his time. 

And for the past year, he’s lived in Lincoln -- first in a halfway house, now in his own apartment. 

It's been a transition.