Lie detectors for sex offenders

750 of the country's most dangerous sex offenders face being forced to take lie detector tests before leaving jail, after the Government deemed a pilot scheme to have been a success.

Downing Street: 'Lie detector pilots for freed sex offenders a success'

A Downing Street source has said today that pilot schemes using lie detectors to manage sex offenders in the community have been a "success". The source said:

It's vital that we protect the public from serious sex offenders. That's why the conditions after they leave prison need to be both strict and rigorously enforced.

The pilot schemes using lie detectors to manage offenders in the community have been a success.

So now we're looking at how it could be rolled out to provide probation officers with more information to manage the most serious sex offenders.

Lie detector pilots found twice as many offenders admitting contact with victim

Serial sex offenders will be made to take lie detector tests on their release from jail, it has emerged. It follows a series of pilots launched by Labour in April 2009 that ran until October 2011 in the East and West Midlands.

Lie detector tests for freed sex offenders.
Lie detector tests for freed sex offenders. Credit: Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters

It found offenders on lie detectors made twice as many admissions about contacting victims or entering an exclusion zone than without.

Offenders also reported that the tests helped them to better manage their own behaviour, according to the government.

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Lie detector tests for freed sex offenders

Dangerous sex offenders face being forced to take lie detector tests on their release from jail, it has emerged. Paedophiles and rapists will be made to answer a series of questions about their intentions while hooked up to a polygraph machine.

The results could see the terms of their release restricted or, in the most serious cases, land them back in prison.

There are about 3,000 sex offenders being managed on licence in the community at any one time, with more than 750 considered to be the most serious - the category affected by the proposals.