To quote an article in terms of how to treat an offender:
The other point I always bring up in lectures I do is to dispel the notion that a "sex offender" can never change..or that he or she will need years of therapy to change...It is similar to drunk driving...if a man grew up in an alcoholic home, began using alcohol in 6th grade, had numerous MIP's as a teen..drank all through college..drove drunk hundreds of times, then, at age 34, he gets charged with DUI...the shame from the arrest, involvement with court, having license suspended for 90 days, and going to a weekend driver education class, will not be enough to sway this man from drinking. However, if we take another person that grew up in a healthy family system with no alcoholism or drug abuse, experimented with booze as a teen and young man, then drank responsibly as an adult, and at 34, drives home from a birthday party that was at a bar, and was pulled over. The shame from the experience, fear of the consequences, involvement with court, paying thousands of dollars, etc., is likely going to be enough to correct his behavior without him going to substance abuse therapy for 3 years...The same is true with sexual crimes. If a person grew up in a sexually abusive home or highly sexualized home, demonstrated compulsive sexual behaviors as a teen and adult, a fixation of children, and then gets reported at age 30...this man will need extensive therapy and the fear and shame from his involvement with the court will not be enough to change his behavior. The point really is that the courts have to do a better job of assessing each person who is charged with a sexual crime. Michigan simply lumps them all together.
I don't know what to do I just thought I would bring this up. I got the article here: http://www.angelfire.com/mi/collateral/page3.html
If a guy who's 19 sleeps with a 16yo and it's consensual, should he get 25 years? Think about that. I'm with Trish on this. BUT, prisons SHOULD NOT BE LETTING OUT PERPS to make room for pot smokers and non-violent drug dealers! (which happens all the time, I will site sources if you wish)
Example? Ok, I'm only going by memory, but I will find the article if you insist. A guy gets sentenced for 25 years for bashing his ex-girlfriend in the head and killing her, he gets out in 8 years on parole. On the very same date that this guy gets sentenced for KILLING SOMEONE, an unknowing passenger, in a car gets a MANDATORY sentence of 15 years with no possible parole for drug trafficking. (she was an unknowing passenger in a drug car crossing the border into the U.S. and the DA in that case even acknowledged that she didn't know what was in the car). Now, one crime was a crime with a VICTIM, the other crime was a stupid crime against the STATE, this was a travesty of justice in the purist sense.
But hey, we have to make room for those "dangerous" felons don't we?
I have been an armature student of politics and social issues for 20 years and the only thing I know for SURE is that if someone HURTS someone the should be punished accordingly, if they merely defy the stupid non-violent laws against the state, they should serve LESS time, not MORE time!
If you don't think perps are getting out of prison early to make room for "dangerous" people like pot smokers and non-violent drug dealers, look again.