Saturday 25 March 2017

Resettlement of offenders critical to reducing risk

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

THE main challenge facing the Probation Service when high-risk and high-profile sex offenders such as Larry Murphy are released is to secure accommodation for them.

Resettlement, including appropriate prisoner support and supervision, is critical in order to minimise the risk of re-offending. Support, including group treatment, is offered to offenders but successful completion of such courses depends upon voluntary participation by ex-prisoners. Following their release, all sex offenders since 2001 are required to notify gardai within seven days that they have been convicted of a sex offence and give their name and address.

They must also notify gardai of any change in address or name and if they intend to leave the State.

Failure to notify is an offence punishable by up to five years' imprisonment.

If a judge applies a post-release supervision order or any other requirement for supervision, the sex offender comes under the supervision of the Probation Service, which has a high-risk offender management team.

Irish Independent

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