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A Predator Next Door

How would you feel if a sexual offender moved in next door to you? Can these predators be rehabilitated, or will they always re-offend? Dr. Phil answers these questions, and he talks to a convicted child molester sitting in his audience.

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Dr. Phil introduces Lisa Guerrero, an Inside Edition freelance reporter who interviewed sexual predators housed at a treatment facility in McNeil Island, Washington, dubbed "Sex Offender Island."
Also joining Dr. Phil is criminal attorney Randall Longwith and Orange County district attorney Tony Rackauckas.
Dr. Phil addresses Lisa. "You talked to these men at McNeil Island, and I thought you asked some very candid questions," he says. "They were candid with you about the fact that they cannot tell you that they're not a risk."
"For some people, their triggers were muscle cars, rock ‘n' roll music, girls with long hair. For some pedophiles, [it was] diaper commercials. It was very, very disturbing to know what their triggers are," Lisa replies. She faces Jake. "How are we, as a society, supposed to know what your triggers would be? How do I know you're going to self-police?"
Dr. Phil turns to Tony. "What is the frustration that these folks are having?" he asks, referring to Barry and Susan.
"The problem is that this sex offender can move right into their neighborhood, right next to them, and the law doesn't prevent that from happening," Tony replies.
"What we have here are ugly choices. You either have [sexual predators] in a place, such as 290 [Megan's Law] requires, and that is y'all know where they are, or you run them out," Randall explains. "The risk, if you run them out, is they become transient, and the statistics on transient sex offenders indicate that those are the ones likely to re-offend. If you have stable housing and a stable support system, you are less likely to re-offend."
"We need to fix the law so that we don't have those issues," Tony says.
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