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UK prisons aren't big enough to jail all paedophiles, senior police officer warns

UK prisons aren't big enough to jail all paedophiles, senior police officer warns

Siobhan Fenton | Independent

One of the most senior police officers in the UK has called for greater debate about treating paedophiles rather than sending them to prison, amid concerns there is not enough space in prisons to jail them all.

Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas, president of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales issued the warning and called for a “rethink” on current approaches to sex offenders,The Times reports.

Currently, there are close to 45,000 names on the sex offenders’ register. The list contains details of people convicted of sexual offences and is used to monitor offenders following their release from prison. It has been steadily increasing since it was established in 1997.

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