Sex offenders may face lie detectors

Sex offenders in the community will be required to take
compulsory lie detector tests under new government proposals, it
was revealed last week.

The measures will be a part of the forthcoming Management of
Offenders and Sentencing Bill.
Compulsory polygraph tests are proposed for sex offenders released
from prison on community and probation orders.

Research looking at the extent to which the polygraph can assist
with the treatment and management of sex offenders has been
commissioned by the probation service.

Don Grubin, professor of forensic psychiatry at Newcastle
University, who is leading the two-year study due to finish in May,
said that tests encouraged people to disclose information.

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