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New programme aimed at sex offenders
The programme for dealing with Scotland’s sex offender prisoners is to be replaced with a new scheme that acknowledges such criminals have common “human needs”, according to the Herald.
It reports that the programme will concentrate on individual offenders’ needs for intimacy, friendship and self-esteem and offer training in social skills.
The new programme, called Good Lives, is based on a model used in New Zealand, and offers a more modular, individualised approach and replaces the Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP).
Treatment will focus more on prisoners' social and emotional needs rather than simply advising them of situations to avoid on release. Some could also be offered prescription drugs including anti-libidinals and anti-depressants to help them engage in group sessions.
It s also reported that sex offenders are to be dispersed from Peterhead Prison, which is due to be replaced by a new building, to other prisons round the country.