Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Checks And Balances

6:30PM GMT 20 Nov 2012

Prison inspector: Too few checks on sex offenders

"Sex offenders are being released back into the community with too little assessment of the risk they pose to the public, Scotland’s chief inspector of prisons has suggested. Brigadier Hugh Munro has said there is too little assessment of the risk sex offenders pose to the public before their release

Brigadier Hugh Munro told MSPs he was concerned that dozens of sex criminals are being freed directly from their jail cells without being “tested” first in open prison.

Citing conditions in Dumfries Prison, he said many are stuck in a “penal cul-de-sac” because they undergo no rehabilitation before being let out.

His intervention at Holyrood’s justice committee came as official figures disclosed there are 3,222 sex offenders in the community, the highest total on record since at least 2007.

The number convicted of a violent or sexual offence after being released nearly doubled from 39 last year to 69 in 2011/12."

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