Sexual Offences

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 2nd November 2015.

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Photo of Lord Campbell-Savours Lord Campbell-Savours Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons imprisoned for sexual offences have been returned to prison after failing lie detector tests by polygraph; and how many were referred for polygraph tests in the last period for which statistics are available.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Polygraph tests for certain sexual offenders on licensed supervision in the community first became available in August 2014. As of October 2015, 681 sexual offenders had been made subject to polygraph testing as a license condition and had been referred for testing to the National Offender Management Service. As of the same date, 22 sexual offenders were recalled as a result of disclosures which they had made in connection with their polygraph test, whilst one was recalled for failing to attend a test which had been arranged.

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