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NCJ Number: 156397 Find in a Library
Title: Large-Scale Provision of Programmes for Imprisoned Sex Offenders: Issues, Dilemmas and Progress
Journal: Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(1993)  Pages:371-380
Author(s): D Thornton; T Hogue
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 10
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Serious sexual offending in England and Wales almost invariably attracts a custodial sentence, but sexual deviancy is an interpersonal disorders and the target or victim is often very specific.
Abstract: In this context, many doubts have been expressed about the possibility of adequately assessing and treating sex offenders in institutions. Since 1991, the Prison Service in England and Wales has progressively implemented a systematic strategy for treating imprisoned sex offenders. At the heart of this strategy is a structured group work program designed to be delivered by paraprofessional staff. The program includes elements that help offenders confront their cognitive distortions with respect to sexual interests and activities. By April 1994, over 700 sex offenders had completed the program. Issues associated with sex offender treatment in the prison setting are explored, and factors affecting offender acceptance or refusal of treatment are examined. The dangers of institutional reinforcement of attitudes in treatment refusers are also considered. 7 references, 3 tables, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; England; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign offenders; Inmate treatment; Sex offender treatment; Sex offenders; Sexual assault victims; Victims in foreign countries; Wales
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