Federal Cuts for Sex Offender Circles Poses Risk to Public

06 Mar, 2014

The statistics show that the aided re-integration of sex offenders upon their release from the penitentiary has dramatically lowered the risks of recidivism. What happens when the Harper government shuts down the funding to this crucial part of building a stronger and safer community?

Over $2 million has been given annually to Circles that have seen many success stories in reducing the rates that sex offenders commit these types of crimes again. The fact that now sex offenders will not be able to receive this social support and accountability puts the general population at risk. There are over 150 high-risk sex offenders taking part in the Circles program around Canada, and without the proper support to help them find work, housing, and avoid life patterns that could lead back to offending, this can pose a serious problem.

Many are questioning the lack of Harper’s ability to realize what the consequences of cutting this funding will be.

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  1. Bob
    March 07, 2014

    There’s a two-edged sword here.

    On the one hand, the risk to society is increased if high-risk sex offenders are denied the support that reduces the chances of recidivism. On the other hand, the risk to society is increased in proportion to the amount of stress that high-risk sex offenders undergo when they are denied support.

    In other words, putting undue stress on high-risk sex offenders puts society at greater risk.

    Lawmakers have a good point, but without seeing the whole picture, their good intentions may have a backfiring effect.

    It’s just my opinion.

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