I admire Diane Sawyer tremendously, and was so gratified to see her achieve such prominence as anchor of ABCâ€™s World New Tonight. Thatâ€™s why I tuned in so closely to Oprahâ€™s interview of her yesterday. Gravely, when the topic of Chelsea King came up, following all the pain we San Diegans have been bearing the last week, I hoped that she would help educate the public on the true nature of sex offenders.
But I stood aghast as Diane told the American public that only 25% of sex offenders re-offend.
There are many studies of recidivism rates, and they track offenders anywhere from 6 months after release to 25 years or more after release, so recidivism rates can fluctuate wildly based on the time period used.