UK Plots World's 'Toughest' Approach to Sex Offenders

New legislation due to be approved would make worst offenders take polygraphs

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 2, 2013 9:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Serious sex offenders in the UK will soon be forced to take routine lie detector tests after being released from prison, Sky News reports. The new legislation is expected to be approved shortly and implemented next year. Though the polygraph test results won't be admissible in court, officials expect they'll help reveal probation violations that could land offenders back in jail. While the test could point out those who may be lying about their activities, there's also a big chance it'll spur them to own up to such behavior, per the Guardian.

The paper reports that a three-year trial program found that offenders who took polygraphs were twice as likely to cop to prohibited behavior like communicating with a victim. "Introducing lie detector tests, alongside the sex offenders register and close monitoring in the community, will give us one of the toughest approaches in the world to managing this group," says a Justice Minister in a statement, adding that the new approach will "help stop sex offenders from reoffending and leaving more innocent victims in their wake."

Stock image of a lie detector test.   (Shutterstock)
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