I was on Ancestry.com doing further research into my roots when I went to print out a Census record, I got the following ad:
“For a short time, we are offering visitors a Complimentary Background Check.
“Perform discreet background checks on yourself, anyone you know, or people before you meet them. This background check is available today (Sunday, May 26, 2013)
*Find out if they are really who they say they are
* People who are known rapists and murderers often commit crimes again
*Search national and local criminal records and the sex offender registry”
Why would anyone do a background check on themselves? To make sure there is no erroneous information gathered on them?
“People who are ‘known’ rapists and murderers often commit crimes again.” If they are “unknown” do they not commit crimes again?
In any event, I wanted to address the clearly erroneous information in this ad. I have worked in the criminal justice system for more than 20 years, and people convicted of murder have the lowest recidivism rate of all people convicted of crimes. In fact, murder is a once in a lifetime crime and is often the only crime the individual has committed. It is also the crime people serve substantial amounts of time in prison, more than any other crime, with rape running second. In fact, in the criminal justice system rape is often seen as the most despicable crime, with no justification. Homicide, on the other hand, could be deemed justifiable homicide, depending on the circumstances. For example, a woman who kills her abuser might “get off” without a murder conviction, maybe a lesser offense, or no conviction at all.
I will do a little research and look at the recidivism rate for people convicted of rape.