Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Wasted effort

A good idea but fatally flawed: Conference focuses on rehabilitating sex offenders

Experts say imprisoned sex offenders must be rehabilitated so they don't re-offend when released back into society.

The conference was held by the Center for Effective Public Policy, whose goal is to help corrections and community service agencies improve their way of re-introducing sex offenders to public life.

Secretary of Corrections Roger Werholtz thinks more attention should be paid to rehabilitating sex offenders.

“I think that's where we're going to get the biggest pay off, in terms of improved public safety, is lowering that level of negative behavior once they are released from prison,” said Werholtz said.

More than 150 people, mainly Kansas Department of Corrections staff, were on hand for the training.

Why do I say it's flawed? Because it took place in place in Kansas, where they are busy enacting laws to separate them from society when released. Such bullying post-release will negate any positive rehabilition. The conferees should have just stayed home.


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