Exiled in the U.S.: studying sex offenders at the Boardwalk Motel
[WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]
This group? The lowest of the low. Sex offenders. The thing is, sex offenders don't stay in jail. Most of them, eventually, are released. And in America, the process of reintegrating them into society is a mess. And ignoring this mess isn't helping anyone.
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Chris Dum was preparing for his doctoral studies when he made the decision to study sex offenders. But not from a distance; he wanted to go to where they lived. This group in particular was in a motel, kind of like a halfway house, in upstate New York. And Chris didn't just visit and interview them. He lived with them — in the motel — for a year.
A quick note, Chris' university made him change all the names in his project including the names of the town he goes to, and the motel where he stays. It's how research ethics work when you study a vulnerable population. We agreed to maintain this anonymity.