The American Judicial System Aids and Abets Sociopathic Behavior

by Rachel Baker on November 21, 2013

On the surface, this is yet another George Zimmerman article. Unfortunately, after this newest arrest, he’s the perfect subject for any article questioning how likely it is for people to become repeat offenders. Its a good article, and something that doesn’t just apply to Florida.

This reflects a hardly discussed reality in our criminal justice system: This nation jails nonviolent offenders and subjects people with marijuana convictions to three strikes rules; but men who commit apparent murder and violent acts of domestic abuse could be released after 24 hours.

A national study in 2000 by professor Edward Gondolf at Indiana University of Pennsylvania interviewed the former and current partners of male battery offenders and found 41 percent of victims reported that the men committed a re-assault during the next 30-month period. Nearly two-thirds of the first time re-assaults occurred in the first six months and about 20 percent of those men repeatedly re-assaulted. A 2004 study conducted in New York found that 62 percent of all domestic violence defendants were re-arrested in the first two years after arrest.

And according to research compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, out of 300,000 prisoners released in 15 states, 67.5 percent were re-arrested within three years.

In Florida, in particular, recidivism rates for violent crimes are among the highest in the nation; and despite increased investments in parole programs, recidivism has remained consistently high. Indeed, according to a 2009 report by the Florida Department of Corrections: “Each year the rate at which ex-offenders recommit crimes in Florida after leaving the custody and supervision of the Florida Department of Corrections continues virtually unchanged. The number of inmates in our prisons rose 19.8 percent over the last 5 years … without working to resolve the steady rate of offender recidivism.” And approximately 32.8 percent of Florida inmates are projected to return to prison within three years.

and further down there’s this specific to Zimmerman:

According to a 2003 recidivism research report by the state of Florida, Zimmerman’s behavior reflects a “profile” of repeat offenders who are all but certain to recommit. That study found that among the most acute factors that raise both reoffense and recidivism for offenders were prior recidivism and more disciplinary reports. For males in particular the study concluded that prior recidivism, disciplinary reports and a prior case of homicide or other violent crime increased reoffense rates exponentially.

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