A young girl walks by herself, maybe accompanied by a friend or two, chatting as they walk to the movies. The girl thinks she might hear the slightest of footsteps behind them, but brushes the idea off as being over imaginative. Suddenly though, she is attacked by a man she does not even know. Struggling is useless, and she is held down, raped and either murdered or left for dead. Somewhere else, there is a girl cowering in her room, a place that should have been a safe and welcoming haven when she hears the door creak open. She begins to tremble because she knows what's coming. She knows that it is her father, coming for his daily dose of rape and abuse. As the man inches forward she suppresses the tears fighting to run down her cheeks. She cannot yell out in terror, cry quietly, or even whimper. She cannot let anyone hear. If someone hears it will all be for nothing. She can't let anyone know, if she tells she knows he will hurt her family, and most likely her. He had made it a point to let her know that. So, she endures what she believes she must in silence, all alone, with nobody but the very man causing her pain to comfort her. She endures it for years upon years. When the man is caught, if he is caught, he is put in prison for an average of 123 days to 5.4 years, although 21% of convicted rapists never even go to prison. Most likely, the predator will still be alive by then, and then is free to do whatever he/she wishes. I believe that rapists should remain in prison for the duration of their lives.
Possibly the largest reason to keep the predator in prison is to keep him/her from doing it again. Studies show that nearly half of the rapists released from prison are caught raping again, implying that even more do but aren't caught. Some argue that people can change, but if that large percent of rapist do it again how are we to determine which ones can change and which ones can't? Anyone can lie and say they've changed, but do you want to be the person to determine the life of his next victim just because you believe that they have changed?
Also, the release of the rapist is a danger to the victim and family. Revenge, as many of us know, is a strong feeling, and can drive many to do stupid things. Imagine if the rapist were to want revenge, and hunted down the family. This could be potentially fatal for the family and really is not a risk I would think should be taken. Why give the predator a chance to ruin the lives of the family even farther?
The third and final reason I believe rapists should not be released from prison is the fear in the surrounding community. It is frightening, in this day and age, to just walk down your street. Within one mile of my house, there are 19 sexual predators. Now, we take lengths to avoid the houses of said individuals, frightened to walk on the same side of the street as their house. We no longer have the freedom to walk around as we once did. I believe this is very wrong and should be rectified.
Given these reasons, although there are definitely more, I ask you to reflect upon my idea. I ask you to consider that rapists should not be released from prison, for the safety of individuals, and the whole community.