Date: June 25, 2019
“Proposal by think-tank Justice recommends softer treatment for offenders
The idea is backed by the new Victims’ Commissioner Dame Vera Baird
But critics warn the process could be exploited and says some offenders need tougher treatment to steer them away from re-offending
Paedophiles caught viewing child sex abuse images should not be prosecuted, a controversial report has recommended.
Under the plan, police would be told to let thousands of offenders who look at indecent photographs and films of youngsters online off the hook by sending them to workshops instead of being taken to court.
Offenders would be placed on ‘diversion courses’ – similar to drink-driving awareness programmes.”