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Investigating disclosures made by sexual offenders

Preliminary findings from research into using mandatory polygraph testing in the management of sexual offenders in the community.

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Investigating disclosures made by sexual offenders: preliminary study for the evaluation of mandatory polygraph testing

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Preliminary findings from the first phase of research into using mandatory polygraph testing in the management of sexual offenders in the community.

The National Offender Management Service is piloting the use of mandatory polygraph testing for sexual offenders managed in the community in the East and West Midlands over a three-year period from April 2009.

This exploratory research provides an in depth understanding of the nature of disclosures and the processes by which disclosures are made and used under normal (pre-polygraph) supervision arrangements, so that the impact of the polygraph can later be properly assessed.

Published 14 September 2010