Supreme Court Uses Dubious Data on Sex Offenders

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In a case about registered sex offenders at the Supreme Court last week, lawyer Robert Montgomery told the Justices, “This court has recognized that they have a high rate of recidivism and are very likely to do this again." Montgomery was defending a North Carolina law that bars sex offenders from using Facebook, Twitter and other social media services. The Supreme Court has said the risk that sex offenders will commit new crimes is “frightening and high.” That phrase in . . .

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