Shocker Alert! Parole Not Working for Sex Offenders
New York Struggles with Re-OffendersBy: Joseph L. Giacalone
The real scary part is that sex offenders can get paroled from prison without any restrictions if they choose a jury of their peers in a trial instead of a bench trial, where the judge alone decides. A jury trial can be even more beneficial to them, because the judges base their decision strictly on the letter of the law, where a jury may be influenced by other factors.
It appears, unfortunately, that laws designed to protect the most vulnerable in our society are not working. State budgets are constrained to a point that less people will spend time in prison, which means an increased case load for already swamped parole officers. Besides incapacitation, what else can be done?