Dr Peter Pratt shines a light on sex offender treatment that increased the risk of reconviction and asks, is history repeating itself?
"Prison works. It ensures we are protected from murderers, muggers and rapists.” When Michael Howard spoke at the Conservative party conference in 1993, after he had become Home Secretary, and announced the above with confidence and aplomb, his phrase undoubtedly resonated with the then general public. Indeed, it is still, perhaps, a prevalent opinion. However, fast forward nearly 30 years and, in the light of available research, a whole different meaning might be adduced to this position. Some prison treatment may even be dangerous to the public.
Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP)
In February 2012, Kathryn Hopkins, then senior researcher in the Department of Analytics at the Ministry of Justi...