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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"Released sex offenders in Great Britain soon to be required to take regular polygraph tests"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy has this post, excerpting an article discussing the proposal to use the tests to determine compliance with conditions of probation and assessing the plan as follows:

Though I suspect a number of civil rights and civil liberties groups in the US would be quick to express concerns about mandatory polygraph tests of sex offenders, I tend to be open-minded about the use of any form of technocorrections that might serve as a means to both increase public safety and ultimately offender liberty.  For if post-release polygraph testing serves as a means to better assess enduring threats from more-dangerous released sex offenders, then other sex offenders can and should be able to rely on such a program to argue for allowing earlier release of some likely less-dangerous sex offenders (e.g., those who download child pornography but have never been involved in any contact offenses).

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