Monday, February 10, 2014

Number of registered sex offenders in England and Wales has risen by more than a third in the last five years

Justice Minister Jeremy Wright
There are more registered sex offenders living in the community in England and Wales than ever before, new figures show.

Probation workers are now monitoring 43,664 sexual predators, compared to 32,347 in 2008-2009, according to the latest Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) report.

The figure has gone up because more sex offenders are being imprisoned, for longer, and then being supervised by police and probation officers, the report says.

Another reason for the growing number of sex offenders is thought to be more people being caught downloading porn.

Coming a week after it was revealed that sex offenders were being released without undergoing any treatment to address their behaviour because of a shortage of places, the latest report showed that over the past five years, almost 400 sex offenders were charged with further serious offences.

And despite surveillance by public protection agencies, 7,294 offenders breached their licence.

Meanwhile the number of violent offenders living in the community under supervision has also gone up.  (more...)

The latest UK perp parade:

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