The Treatment and Management of Risk: A Sex Offenders' Perspective

Kirsty Hudson, University of Cardiff

Over recent years Britain has adopted a new set of measures for dealing with sexual offenders. A variety of laws provide for the increased sentences for first time and repeat sexual ofenders and the registration of personal information to criminal justice agencies. The substantial growth of sex offenders in the prison population accounts, in part, for the resurgence of interest in their rehabilitation. The Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP) for prisons began in 1991 as part of an integrated assessment of sex offenders. Since, there has been a growth in the variety of sex offender programmes (accredited and non-accredited), both within the confines of the correctional institution as well as in the community.

this paper explores the treatment and management of sex offenders from the perspective of sex offenders. it draws on interviews conducted with sex offenders on the SOTP, the Behaviour Assessment Programme (BAP) and the Community Sex Offender Groupwork programme (CSOGP). It also examines sex offenders' perspectives of the control mechanisms in place in the community. Offenders' perspectives are an important aspect of interventions that have been largely neglected by the research community. This paper outlines the significance of programmes and their delivery and surveillance-based initiatives from the offenders' point of view.

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Updated 05/20/2006