Scheme to be rolled out following University of Kent pilot

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Sex offenders leaving prison will have to take lie detector tests following a successful pilot scheme carried out by the University of Kent.

Researchers found overwhelming evidence that offenders monitored with polygraph testing made more disclosures about their risk.

Government ministers are now looking to roll mandatory testing nationwide.

The pilot scheme, led by Dr Theresa Gannon and Dr Jane Wood at the university, looked at the use of lie detector tests to increase disclosures made by sex offenders released from prison to probation staff.

Dr Gannon said: “Those taking part in the pilot project made more disclosures about entering an exclusion zone or contact with children than sex offenders supervised under normal probation conditions.

“We found that the polygraph pilot was effective for a whole range of sex offenders, and perhaps most significantly, sex offenders themselves reported finding the polygraph useful for helping them to manage their behaviour in the future.”

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