Zoning Out Sexual Offenders

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  1. RCinProv says:

    The media still have not cast a critical eye on overblown claims of “moral panic” either. As I have pointed out in comments on this blog before, the popular perception that sex offenders recieve long sentences simply is not true in any aggregate sense. Average sentences for these “heinous” crimes are surprisingly low and a significant percentage of guilty defendants do no time at all. (I did the largest study ever conducted on sentences for child molestation.) But claims to the contrary persist and are endorsed and repeated at places like this blog. So I would agree to one point: there is much that a critical eye could uncover here.