Around 500 offenders are sentenced to imprisonment each year for sex offences, which is only about 7 percent of total receptions. However, their sentences tend to be significantly longer than the average. Consequently, they spend longer periods in prison, and thus comprise a significant proportion of the prison population, a proportion which is slowly but steadily increasing.
For this reason, as well as the fact their crimes are very serious, and the risks to public safety of any subsequent re-offending, they are an important focus for rehabilitation as well as post-release management.Download full report
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