Religious Rule May Let Muslim Sex Offenders Off Jail Therapy

April 9, 2008

Author: Richard Ford

Source: The Times

Muslims convicted of sex offences could opt out of treatment programmes intended to stop them offending because open discussion of their crimes is against their religion.

Ahtsham Ali, the prison service’s Muslim adviser, said that there was a “legitimate Islamic position” that criminals should not discuss their crimes with others.

The move could result in Muslim sex offenders being able to avoid sex offender treatment programmes run by the prison service, which involve group discussion of crimes.