Sexual abuse can cause great pain to victims and their families, and CCDI is committed to defending the constitutional rights of the accused rather than the crime itself. Yet too often, our laws and policies on these crimes seem motivated more by fear and anger than sound research as to what reduces recidivism and keeps the public safe.
Sex offender treatment and rehabilitation programs should be adequately funded and available both in prisons and in the community. Such programs should not include mandatory polygraph examinations and should respect Fifth Amendment rights and statutory privileges such as psychologist-patient privilege. Current sex offender laws such as registration, residency restrictions, lifetime sentencing and public notification do more to harm the accused than to protect public safety. CCDI opposes these laws while believing in the value of effective treatment and the possibility of rehabilitation. Sex offender laws relating to juvenile offenders should emphasize exceptional care and treatment.