How a Plano legislator’s remarks bred strict sex offender laws

American-Statesman | By Eric Dexheimer; Posted Sep 3, 2016 at 12:01 AM Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 11:42 AM

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Recent research has challenged long-held assumptions that convicted sex offenders are very likely to commit new sex crimes and questioned how those assumptions were reached in the first place. Prior to that, though, one Texas legislator’s words were particularly influential on sex offender laws across the country.

July 1997: State Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, a former schoolteacher and proponent of the state’s strict 1995 Ashley’s Laws for sex offenders, attends a conference in Bellevue, Wash., about sex offender registries. She begins her speech by noting that “putting the modern sex offender into the traditional criminal justice system is usually as successful as keeping a snake in a shoebox.”

Shapiro continues: “Sex offenders are a very unique type of criminal. I like to say they have three very unique characteristics: They are the least likely to be cured; they are the most likely to reoffend; and they prey on the most innocent members of our society.” She cites no evidence.

SOURCE: https://www.mystatesman.com/news/crime–law/how-plano-legislator-remarks-bred-strict-sex-offender-laws/L8xVnG3jA5LP1A2QmVaR2J/

One thought on “How a Plano legislator’s remarks bred strict sex offender laws

  1. This kind of misinformation must be corrected. She should be liable for what she says and she must back her rhetoric with empirical evidence and true facts.

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