People who commit sex crimes and do sexually inappropriate things are our neighbors and family. How do we support people to get the help they need before someone is hurt? A friend who I’ve been corresponding with for the past year, who has been locked up at Bridgewater “Treatment Center” in Eastern Mass for the past 12 years, shares what was going through his mind and what was going on in his life when he abused his teenage stepsons. He also talks a little about Civil Commitments. (He has been locked up for 12 years at Bridgewater even after he completed his short sentence in county jail.)
Contrary to common stereotypes, people who have committed sex crimes can do well with adequate support, and, according to Justice Dept research, sex offenders are less likely to reoffend for the same category of crime than most other offenders.