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UK: University launches scheme to rehabilitate sex offenders

Sex offenders will be given support to help find a job and make new friends under a pioneering scheme run by a university and backed by police. The initiative aims to integrate people back into society to prevent them committing further crimes.

Offenders will visit a centre, the first of its kind in the UK, where they will receive employment training – from management skills to writing CVs – as well as help with building a supportive social circle, finding new hobbies or learning basic skills such as cooking.

The strategy’s advocates say that, while they realise it will be controversial, it will reduce reoffending rates. The aim is to work with up to 100 people in the first year. Full Article


Anger from victims of abuse as new centre opens to help 100 sex offenders back into society

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  1. Dustin

    The only flaw I find in the reasoning is that the effort is to “prevent registrants from committing further crimes.” THose on the registry aren’t committing crimes, for the most part. While the article posts a reoffense rate of 10-14% of its registrants, it doesn’t say how much of that are parole, probation, or registry violations. Betting those are the overwhelming majority.

  2. American Detained in America

    The headline itself reeks of agenda when it calls it a “scheme!”

    • Notorious D.I.K. / Kennerly

      The Brits use the term “scheme” differently than Americans. It just means “plan” or “proposal.”

  3. Dustin

    I know from the two years I lived there that the Brits use the word “scheme” in the same negative context, to imply a plan or proposal is sneaky, underhanded, or just negative in general. The article actually shows that, reporting primarily that victims consider this program an insult.

    • David Kennerly

      From Columbia Journalism Review: “In most British English dictionaries, the benign use of “scheme” is usually the first definition; in American English dictionaries, the deceitful definition usually leads.” “ much of the English-speaking world outside the United States, “scheme” usually carries no such connotation. It simply means “plan.” While I’ve not lived in the U.K., though I have visited it a number of times before the Five Eyes “scheme” came into play, I’m familiar enough with British usage to know that “scheme” is generally (nearly always) neutral, unlike the U.S. take on the word which necessarily imputes nefarious motives.

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