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Fewer Sex Offenders Rearrested, Study Finds

November 17, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Sex offenders are less likely to be rearrested after their release from prison than other criminals, a Justice Department study found.

The government study of 9,691 men convicted of rape, sexual assault and child molestation who were released in 1994 found that 43% were arrested for any type of crime within three years, compared with 68% for all other former inmates.

Those studied served an average of 3 1/2 years, indicating they had committed less severe crimes.

The study found 5.3% of sex offenders were arrested for another sex crime after their release.

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