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  1. Note that the BJS report defines “sex offenders” to be those convicted of rape or sexual assault. Other non-violent, e.g. pornography, sex offenses are included in the category for public-order offenders. This is a nuance many readers might miss.

    The report’s continued use of the term sex offender will lead many to assume the 7.7% rate applied to those who have been incarcerated for any sex offense. In reality, the overall recidivism rate for all sex offenders is much lower.

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