When it comes to sex offenders, you are so frighteningly off course that I'm almost afraid to say anything to you. Your help in "prison ministry" immediately puts you in jeopardy.
A sex offender is also a pathological liar. His lies have been formulated before he commits a crime, and they are intricate and involved. A sex offender will tell you "it only happened once" (the one they are in prison for) and they will also tell you that they have "gone to guidance therapy" for it (they haven't because they "don't need it") and they will tell you that prison was a "good experience" for them, but not for the reasons you want to believe.
"Bad judgement" is believing these "people" are capable of "change." They aren't, because they don't want to change. There are no "appropriate ways" to deal with child molesters. Ever. They start when they are young, and they start WITH the young. They use coercion and authority and guilt to achieve their goal of the almighty orgasm, which controls their lives.
If you have girl children, you had better listen up and keep an eye on their every movement. If you have boys, you had better listen twice as hard. Do NOT excuse sex offenders! They are who they are because that is who and what they want to be.
Oh, my goodness, what a wonderfully eloquent and insightful comment, a true joy to read this early Saturday morning.
You said what I have been feeling and attempting to say.
Thank you, really from the bottom of my heart.
I cannot even imagine how difficult it is to work with those behind bars but if they are allowed folks like you then some might find a way to rebuild their lives once they leave the prison/jail.
I love my pets, and I always enjoy reading about the inmates who are working with the dog program to help train for service, or just for placement. That is a good way to find out what a person is really all about and it makes the hardest criminal melt and in the end 2 lives have been changed.
I would certainly help with any grass roots effort to have all offences available to all, it should be if the court procedures were not closed. It would be work but then as you said, "we could understand there are appropriate ways to approach such matters with others in public."