Repeat Offenders In Prison

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Some sexual predators who are convicted of sexually abusing children and serve time in prison or treatment centers, continue to sexually abuse and victimize children even after their release. Yet, they are still allowed to live among the general population. As children continue to be sexually abused in today’s society, steps are being taken to deter repeat offenders. Though it will probably never stop, some organizations are helping to reduce the number of sexually assaulted children by having known sexual predators register within their communities as such. There are, however, some that continue to get away without registering. By taking more drastic measures against sex offenders the first time a sexual crime against a child is committed…show more content…
Some states, such as Texas and Pennsylvania, are now requiring tougher sentencing. Texas has a mandatory 25-year sentence for a first conviction of raping a child under six, or using a weapon, causing bodily harm, or kidnapping a child aged seven to fourteen; the same sentence applies for repeat offenders. (Ramshaw, 2009) In 2006, Pennsylvania’s Governor Rendell signed bills to protect children, aid victims of sexual assault and toughen penalties for sex offenders. For example, the minimum sentence for raping a child is now 10 years, whereas, it used to be six; repeat offenders could face life in prison. (Newswire, 2006 ¶ 4) California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stated, “What kind of a society do we create here when you can not even let the children go out on the playground, and you always have to worry about them getting abducted and sexually molested…?” (Peckenpaugh, 2006 p. 2) With that said, on August 16, 2005 he signed the Sexual Predator Punishment and control Act, a bill that would have harsher punishments for certain sex crimes and create lifetime monitoring for convicted sex offenders released back into the community and to prevent registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. (Peckenpaugh, 2006 p.…show more content…
When a drug called “Depo-Provera” is given to the offender once a month by way of injection; it will reduce one’s testosterone (sex hormone) levels, thus lessening sexual fantasies. (Hardy, 1999 p. 1 ¶ 2) Some argue that this is cruel and unusual punishment and violates the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. The Eighth Amendment states that “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” should not be inflicted as punishment for any crime. However, it does not explain what exactly signifies “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”. Duhaime (2009) states that the basic concept underlying the Eighth Amendment is nothing less than the dignity of a man. (p. 1) The question is: Does one deserve dignity or worthiness after sexually abusing an innocent child? More things are being done to reduce the amount of repeat offenders that live among
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