In “A Report on the High Cost of Sex Offender Incarceration” by Elizabeth J. Letourneau and Travis W. M Roberts, a research paper published with their colleagues at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the “focus was on the cost of incarcerating adults convicted of sex crimes against children in the United States.”
Their study found that the annual cost to incarcerate adults convicted of sex crimes against children in the U.S. approaches $5.4 billion per year. This amount does not include costs for detection, prosecution, probation/parole, or costs for maintaining the sex offense registries.
According to time.com, it costs $49 billion to incarcerate the men and women now in prison in the United States for years for sex crimes against children. For the tough-on-crime citizens, this all sounds good until you realize how many victimized children these cases represent.
Time.com asks the question: “Is there a way to stop people from offending against a child in the first place?” Is it possible to develop programs to prevent the sexual victimization of kids before the criminal justice system even needs to get involved?
Research shows that for every dollar spent on prevention of child sexual abuse, $2,700 is allocated toward incarceration. Again, this does not include the costs for detection, prosecution, etc.
Even Canada and parts of Europe recognize that the U.S. is firmly oriented towards punishment instead of prevention. Punishment is more costly monetarily than prevention is and causes far more harm to families, but the U.S. Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) has intertwined profit with the criminal justice system. “If incarceration rates are higher, profit is undoubtedly higher as well.” Groups benefiting financially from high incarceration rates are powerful entities which fight to prevent changes from being made.
The U.S. government has recently shown some support for child sexual abuse prevention research. Not only could it cut down on the incarceration costs but save so many children from ever being sexually victimized. It would be a win-win.
There was an execution in FLA yesterday. Here are some thoughts on it that would apply to the registry, IMHO, also if someone wanted to make the case as well as the prevention aspect of crimes related to the registry:
“The death penalty does not keep our communities safer,” she said. “Protecting vulnerable children, and making sure the abused and traumatized and mentally ill have access to mental health care — that’s how we keep our community safer. That’s how we end the cycle of violence. We are better than this.” (Source: Strapped to a gurney, death row inmate Donald Dillbeck saves his last words for DeSantis (https://www.yahoo.com/news/day-execution-florida-inmate-donald-214152770.html))
I would also say the point the gent makes about Ron is also applicable to those who live in FLA under the registry.
The registry failed again.
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This is a great article from Time magazine. It doesn’t minimize the crimes but it does put some dollar figures into how much we are wasting on this useless system of “punishment only”. Every day that we don’t put those dollars towards prevention and mental health we are creating more victims.
I think it’s crucial for law enforcement to understand that when the public says “do better,” that doesn’t give you a green light to witch hunt people forced to register. Do not use us a means to rebuild trust and confidence within the community.
Yes, glad these people are asking could their be a different way. Another article adding their must be a different way. https://thecrimereport.org/2023/02/21/why-do-we-treat-sex-crimes-differently-than-other-violent-crimes/
A prime example of the need to protect children from sexually explicit material given by government officials:
Superintendent admits district knowingly provided book on sex apps, extreme fetishes and orgies to kids
I wouldn’t be surprised if the PIC is owned by China. Perfect way to take down our country – by getting it’s own people to turn against themselves and implode from within. From the looks of it, they’re doing a great job.