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Editorial: Scandal of the sex offenders

OUR report today that just one in six of sex offenders in prison is in treatment is worrying. Sex offenders are well known by criminologists and other experts to have a very high likelihood of reoffending.

Without treatment, they are much more likely than other criminals to repeat the types of crime -- rape or sexual assaults -- that landed them in prison in the first place.

That means that they're a danger to the population once they're released. Astonishingly, the one in six figure represents an increase in the proportion of these prisoners getting treatment.

When one considers that only a small fraction of people who actually commit a sex offence end up being prosecuted, and a smaller number end up in prison, it's quite frightening.