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Sexual Offences

Home Department written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals (a) convicted of a sex offence, (b) imprisoned for more than 12 months for violence and (c) assessed as being high risk there are on the Violent and Sex Offenders Register; and how many times the database has been accessed in each year since 1997.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

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As at 31 March 2011 there were (a) 50,309 individuals convicted of a registered sexual offence, (b) 6,704 imprisoned for 12 months and over for violence and non-registerable sexual offences and (c) 17,734 assessed as being High or Very High Risk that are recorded on ViSOR in England and Wales.

ViSOR was introduced nationally only in 2005. It is routinely used by a large number of staff on a daily basis for the purposes of case management, risk assessment, information and intelligence sharing, and risk management planning. Data regarding the recorded levels of access are not collected.

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