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Editorial: Paying for treatment

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A committee in the Missouri Legislature has raised some good questions about treatment programs for convicted sex offender and why so many aren't receiving the required treatment.

State law requires convicted offenders in certain sexual offenses like rape, forcible sodomy and child molestation to receive the treatment. Statistics show that inmates who complete the treatment program are less likely to be repeat offenders.

But there are more than 170 sexual offenders in the Missouri prison system waiting for the treatment program. Corrections officials say there is not enough space or money to accommodate them.

This is a matter that needs to be addressed by legislators. They are the ones who passed the law to require the treatment for sexual offenders. It's up to them to budget appropriately to make sure every offender ordered to get the treatment actually gets it.

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There are more issues here than just having the funding to provide sex offender therapy to inmates convicted of sexual crimes. A big one is motivation to change, on the part of the inmate.

-- Posted by lady63775 on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 6:38 AM

I don't recall reading whether these treatment programs are effective. Some statistics would be nice! I realize that this is not a black-and-white topic.

-- Posted by RocketSurgeon on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 8:50 AM

release these sub human animals to the general population and they will get the treatment they deserve.

-- Posted by gman on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 11:17 AM

I have worked with sex offenders and attended MOSOP groups to observe. If it was within my power 99% of sex offenders would not be released back into the community with or without treatment. I do not believe ANY statistics released by DOC or any other entity. Just because someone may not be rearrested does not mean they are not committing crimes.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 1:39 PM

KJT agree with you 100%

Just to clarify my earlier post. I am in favor of releasing them to the general JAIL population. They seem to have a way of taking care of child pediphiles in their own special way.

-- Posted by gman on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 3:39 PM


I knew what you meant, but most probably didn't. Prisoners have families too and they do not take kindly to those who prey on children or women. Sex offenders occupy the lowest rung in jail/prison society. If released into gen pop, their lives are pretty miserable usually.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 4:15 PM

These sick behaviors are taught and I know someone can

attend one of those classes just because its mandated, but I would really like to see how many its helped. I agree with KJT, Just because someone may not be rearrested does not mean they are not committing crimes. That is so true. It just means they know they got caught. This behavior is so secretive, it can be in the rich neighborhood as well as the neighborhood that struggles. Its an internal sickness that surfaces when no one is looking and abusers study their prey, their surroundings long before the act. The offenders can say they are better even if they take the classes, but we have no guarantees. I agree with Lady63775, they have to want to change, but I say to the degree that they admit where and who taught it to them. Exposing those wounds.

-- Posted by Vocalise on Mon, Apr 28, 2008, at 6:19 PM

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