Deputy Prison Boss cites need to protect society from sexual predators

Deputy Director of Corrections, Leonard Terence, has highlighted the need to protect the society from sexual predators.

Terence made the comments during an interview with the Times.

He is just back from a conference in South Korea dealing with prison management and probation.

Terence said what the South Koreans have created is something to be marveled at and which he hopes to share with agencies here to improve on what is being done locally.

He noted that there is a situation locally where sexual offences are being  regularly reported.

Terence said that individuals are charged, taken before the court and receive long sentences.

“But at the end of the day what do you do with them; how do you treat them?” He said.

The Deputy Prison Boss observed that in other societies sexual predators are castrated, but this is not done in this part of the world.

Terence said that in Korea not only do convicted sex offenders serve long sentences without parole, but there are special facilities for them where they are treated for psychiatric issues and in some instances, temporarily medicated.

“Most importantly is any violent sexual offender – there is a hybrid system so even after their release from prison, they are still supervised by a Probation Department,” he disclosed.

Terence said the  high rick offenders are fitted with an ankle bracelet which is strapped on after obtaining a court order.

He said such offenders are tracked for up to thirty years by a monitoring agency  depending on the severity of the crime.

Terence said apart from that there are special programmes that the offender must attend.

According to him, medication is also given along with psychological and counseling help.

“They treat sexual offences very seriously and I believe the time has come when we need to think of ways and means of trying to protect the society from these predators,” Terence asserted.

He said there is a also a sex registry in Korea.


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