How should society deal with sex offenders who have served their prison sentences?

Minnesota spends more than $65 million a year to house about 600 sex offenders who have been indefinitely committed. About 50 offenders are added to the system every year. And already, Minnesota has the highest number of civilly committed sex offenders, per capita, of any state in the nation. Today’s Question: How should society deal with sex offenders who have served their prison sentences?

  • hiram

    The question of the day I have is what is the future of nuclear power in Minnesota? In America?

  • Gary

    Here’s the problem.

    THEY SERVED THEIR TIME. Legally, can we keep them longer?

    They should be let out and housed next store to the judge who didn’t give them enough time or the parole board who let them out early..

  • Steve the Cynic

    I’d like to see a constitutional amendment that says castration is not cruel and unusual punishment for repeat sex offenders. Until that happens, the state could offer it as an optional component of their “treatment.” It would be cheaper than housing them, or releasing them with perpetual electronic monitoring, and probably more effective than what they’re getting now.

  • James

    I’ll go with castration. (STC,,, we think a lot alike)

    A bullet would be cheaper but clean up would cost more.

    PS. God bless those in harms way in Japan.

    Gods speed to the SAR.

    DTOM

  • uptownZombie

    They served their time then there is nothing we can do but release them. If they are still seen a danger to society (i.e. they leave prison with a higher than normal chance to recommit the crime than other types of prisoners) then the prison terms are obviously not long enough.

    Much like with other violent crimes we should have some sort of “three strikes” law, that’s about all you can do without acting cruel and unusual.

  • Jon

    Castration doesn’t solve the problem for all sex offenders… no more then it would solve the issue for people who repeatedly commit burglaries…

    It’s a common mis-conception that all sex offenders are rapists and pedophiles… They aren’t, and saying they are just propels forward a stereo type that is not only wrong, but isn’t supported by the actual numbers.

    These people are institutionalized.

    any one here who is suggesting castration as a fix, might as well also say that the solution to the criminally insane is a lobotomy. Cause that’ll keep them from being crazy!

    65 million across 600 people, comes to about ~108K per person? to be hospitalized, per year… What was your last hospital bill? how long were you in the hospital for? Sounds like we are getting a deal!

    Not ever sex offender that is committed is done so indefinitely.

    I still don’t understand the public out lash against sex offenders when they are released. They are the one of least likely to recommit their crimes, second I believe to murders.

    I suspect it comes back to my earlier statement about people seeing them all as pedophiles and serial rapists…

    Most likely to recommit their crimes are still those convicted of theft, and arson. Though there is no registry to track these people, and you do not need to be notified when one of these people moves into your neighborhood…

  • bill

    “They should be let out and housed next store to the judge who didn’t give them enough time or the parole board who let them out early” Yes!!!

  • Clark

    Send them to live with family of ACLU employees for a year along with terrorists from gitmo

  • Garyf

    Castration? really?

    That would make them less likely to commit another crime? If someone cut my junk off I’d be more apt to commit a crime.

    The problem is in their head, not their underwear.

  • Matthew

    We should treat them just as we treat mentally ill citizens who are proven to possess a high potential of harming themselves or others. In those cases, family members or the state initiate involuntary civil commitment proceedings. Sex offenders who possess a high potential to reoffend should be subject to the same process. Realize that the involuntary commitment of a sex offender is not a criminal or punitive matter, and thus double jeopardy protections are not implicated. The current system works.

  • Bud

    Garyf, OK.

    So, let the parents of the child the animal raped cave in the skull of the repeated sex offender with a rock.

    Problem solved… next.

  • Neil

    I second the comment by “Matthew” below.

    It’s too easy to just say ‘lock them up forever’ or ‘release them, they paid their debt to society’. There are many reasons why someone might commit a crime, but a sex crime has a narrower problem definition – the offender’s inability to control violent sexual behavior. For that I defer the question to the experts.

    Some sex offenders can never be cured. In effect they are walking time bombs that could go off at any moment.

  • Rudy101

    How should society deal with sex offenders who have finished their time?

    Well, you can civilly commit them, if it is proven they pose a danger to themselves or others.

    If society chooses to NOT civilly commit, then that person is FREE to re-join society and again retains ALL the rights that any person in society enjoys. THIS is a fundamental component of American society.

    By creating the registry, and using that registry to restrict people from the community, isolating them, harassing them, and creating reporting requirements, which are NOT a part of a sentence, and can be changed at any time is a violation of the prohibition on ex-post facto laws of the United States Constitution.

    By creating the registry, reporting requirements and other laws ex-post facto, and not allowing any hearings, the registry becomes illegitimate.

    All illegitimate laws do not have to be followed. Civil commitment has due process protections. Your registry does NOT. The registry affects every aspect of how a person can relate to the community.

    The registry can be fled from in any way possible, until and unless there is some real due process to it. Having a conviction does NOT give the State a blank check to regulate and harass (even under the guise of public safety).

    How should society deal with sex offenders who have completed their time? If you don’t leave them alone (unless you have due process), your society becomes CRIMINAL!

  • Jim Shapiro

    While I am generally against capital punishment -for several reasons – I make an exception for violent pedofiles. Non-violent pedophiles must be prohibited from causing further harm in the most efficient manner available.

  • Andrew

    I think that we conveniently forget that sex offenders are often the past victims of this type of offense themselves. It seems that by trying to punish these people instead of help them, we’re creating greater monsters.

  • Phil

    The QUESTION itself shows the ridiculous point we’ve reached. That we would even THINK of releasing–not “offenders” but CRIMINALS–rapists and child molesters who have destroyed lives!

    Some of these predators have molested and/or raped dozens of children. Some victims recover to live more or less normal lives, some don’t. Some become sex criminals themselves.

    Some victims are so injured, so damaged, in so much pain that they commit suicide, or fall into the abyss of drugs and/or alcohol. To think that the scum who hurt them would be allowed to resume any kind of a normal life after all the pain they’ve caused is preposterous!

    This whole insane system has produced a sex offender bureaucracy, and it is indeed a bureaucracy, more concerned with protecting its turf and bureaucrats’ jobs, than protecting the citizenry.

    Statutory rape, date rape, and some other “offenses” are sometimes tougher to prove, though the accused rapists always claim the contact was “consensual.” But in the case of stranger rape and child rape, there should be no classification of levels of “sex offenders”; no treatment programs; no $100,000+ of taxpayer money spent per year per inmate/”patient” locked up under “indefinite commitment.”

    But that’s what we have, an ORWELLIAN NIGHTMARE, in which the sentence is not based on the past crimes, but on the likelihood of the perpetrator “reoffending,” and a sex treatment INDUSTRY that gets paid $65 million a year in Minnesota to evaluate, re-evaluate, assess, re-assess, treat, treat, treat, those that have no real right to a real life.

    There is one easy, low cost solution, which provides “closure” for the victims, safety for society, and justice for the criminal. Some suggest castration, whether surgical or chemical. But that is barbaric, and smacks of cruel and unusual punishment. And indeterminate sentences, pending a “cure,” are also unconstitutional. The cheap, safe, and just solution is capital punishment. Gee, that sounds so mild. Try this. EXECUTE THE HUMAN SCUMBAGS!

    But our justice system was long ago emasculated; hence our culture, at least the ones in charge, lack the “cojones” to do that. So they will continue to bankrupt us “treating” the poor, sick “offenders.” Until we mete out fair and timely and proportional justice to those who kill innocence and destroy lives, there will only be more and more victims.

  • Kevin VC

    Its been commented Sex Offenders still need treatment after their jail time often enough.

    I would say each case need to be measured on the details, and honestly advice taken.

    Most things that have a addictive quality needs to be addressed for life. Support the offender if they are proactively seeking help, or impose if they fail to address it themselves or are in denial.

    Its too easy to listen to that ‘temptation’ as it will likely be with one for life. Sometimes you need a counter voice ‘artificially given’ if one has lost the battle or that other voice internally.

  • suestuben

    I am surprised at the ugly remarks being made. They are not helpful and do more to aggravate the situation (as well as those who carry that attitude around) then help find solutions.

    That said, I know that these criminals have a very high rate of re-offending so they are a great risk to place back into society. I think we should have a drug castration option for judges coupled with lifelong probation and drug testing. The offender would have to contribute a portion of his salary to help pay for this. A long-term ankle bracelet could also be used to constantly monitor the person and again they would have to fund a portion of that cost. Whatever society chooses, we must acknowledge a lifelong commitment to treatment for these men.

  • Tenua

    My question is why just “sex offenders”. What reason do we make one crime more heinous than another? Are not ALL crimes heinous? I digress, what makes a “hate” crime and what crime is considered “non-hate”? Why is is that say a heroin dealer released from prison can live next door to a school, whilst a “sex offender” cannot? Even though the heroin dealer could very well go back and sell the drugs for the next OD. I’m not defending “sex offenders” by any means. I wonder why on earth Minnesota DOESN’T have the death penalty by firing squad for repeat “sex” offenders, “murder” offenders, “criminal vehicular homicide” offenders, or any other so-called “offender” so deserving.

    Perhaps we need judges to start saying, “for your crimes against your victims and the people of Minnesota, I hereby sentence you to death! Your execution shall take place one hour following these proceedings. You have the right to speak to a minister of the faith or religion of your choice. My God have mercy on your soul.”

  • LisaJo

    Along with castration, maybe we should also start cutting out the eyes that lust and chopping off the hands that steal…no thanks. I prefer our civil, dignified society that recognizes we reduce ourselves by returning blood with blood.

    To answer the question, we must follow our own constitution, and (much as I hate it) that means let them go when they’ve served their time.

    The real question is why do we let judges give anyone with multiple, brutal rapes anything less then life sentences?

  • Jon

    WOW you people suck.

    is there anything you don’t want to castrate?

    @ Phil Your bold statements carry a great deal of weight showing that you don’t understand what qualifies some one as a sex offender currently in the state of Minnesota.

    PUBLIC URINATION CAN END UP BEING A SEX OFFENSE!

    Heck lets do away with the Judge and Jury to while we are at it, let every one carry a fire arm and shoot any one they suspect might be breaking a law!

    MPR I’m going to post an open plea to you do try to help with the large number of mis-conceptions about sex offenders in these comments here… I know the article is talking about people who are civilly committed for life, and like are a danger to them selves and others… but the moment you say “sex offender” the comment clearly go in a different direction… to broad sweeping statements.

    Please do something to educate the public about what defines some one as a sex offender, what the actual remittance rates are compared to other crimes, etc.

    The amount of ignorance even among what are normally decently educated public radio listeners is embarrassing.

  • Ron

    Change the law. Level 3 sex offenders will be sentenced to life in jail without chance of parole.

  • julie

    for serious sex crimes, especially those against children, juries should have the option to sentence the criminal to death.

    yes, i am saying to give up on the serious offenders. i don’t think any amount of therapy will remove all doubt that a sex offender has overcome his or her addiction. and we cannot afford to release sex offenders who will prey on our children again.

    incarceration is very expensive, more so for life sentences. funds should be reallocated to education in the hopes that our children will make better choices.

  • Michael

    After 12 years of being on Florida’s sex offender registry, I contribute the following.

    – Served 3 years prison

    – Completed recommended treatment programs

    – Completed therapy

    – Joined/participated in AA

    – Volunteered visiting jails

    Most importantly, I earned the respect of my family and victim. Their forgiveness should be all that matter. (Let’s see who responds without reading past this point).

    In too many places, laws prohibit me from finding a place to live. Being forever on Florida’s website has meant continual scorn and harassment from strangers.

    In spite of graduating at the top of my class and having recommendations from previous employers, I cannot find work.

    The laws, the scorn, the alienation; I can no longer take it. I have done all I can and I have nothing left. I will join the 100s of others who found the easy way off ‘the lists.’ See, they serve their intended purpose.

  • Demerica

    What the real question should be is this: How do we protect our children from sickened individuals such as these when our government fails and law enforcement is no longer here to protect them for us? Will you all be so civil toward sex offenders when you have no way of tracking them, or of knowing if you might be looking directly at one? When the chips all fall down, it’s one mans responsibility to decide his own form of judgment, and that decisive judgment might just be the thing that keeps his children alive and safe. I rely on no law enforcement entity to protect me or mine. Nor should any of you. Be warned that the weak WILL need someone to protect them, and may your family have such a person at their disposal!

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