Are paedophile jail-terms too short?

Should we toughen up on sentencing paedophiles as the probation service reveals that they are not given the chance to properly rehabilitate because their sentences are too short?

The National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) has said that sentences given to those who download indecent images of children usually fall short of the recommendations made by experts who prepare reports on the individuals for judges.

It added that, because of this, paedophiles are not getting the proper treatment and are more likely to re-offend.

In a shocking example, a man convicted of possessing 21,000 images of child abuse, of which 1,000 involved sadistic behaviour, was sentenced to 18 months in prison but was released after nine and received no treatment.

The maximum prison term for web paedophiles at the Crown Court is 10

. Do you think this should be increased? Are we being too lenient with sentencing for sex offenders? Or is it a matter for the courts to decide?
Do we need to encourage the government to review sentencing practice and law to ensure that risk to children is minimised?

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