For sex offenders in our prisons, no rehab, no problem

For sex offenders in our prisons, no rehab, no problem

Startling gaps in the law mean that sex offenders are not required to attend even one hour of rehabilitation before walking free after their sentence ends

Headlines such as “serial rapist sparks alarm after being spotted in UCD” are becoming a standard part of the news. In this case the headline concerned Michael Murray, who was jailed in 1996 for raping four women and sexually assaulting two others. It can hardly come as a surprise that Murray is walking the streets given that he has served his 18-year sentence (reduced to 13 years with standard remission). What may come as a surprise, however, is the fact that he was allowed to avoid taking part in any rehabilitation programmes during his time in jail.

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