04 Sep, 2012 03:00 AM
Axe for sex offender treatment program
"A PROGRAM that has more than halved the rate of child sex crime reoffending has been axed.
Tony Vinson, from the University of Sydney, said yesterday that the program, which diverts ''suitable'' child sex assault offenders from the criminal justice system into a two-year treatment program, had helped protect children from reoffenders."
"The Attorney-General, Greg Smith, confirmed last night that the state government had axed the program as of Saturday..
"This program does not reflect community expectations and is not supported by the government,'' he said. "The community rightly expects those who engage in child sex assault to receive a custodial sentence."
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