Sex offenders given voluntary 'chemical castration' in Notts prison
HIGH-RISK paedophiles jailed in a Notts prison are being given treatment to lower their sexual libido as part of a pilot scheme sanctioned by the Government.
Some inmates at Whatton Prison have agreed to be given specific treatment, dubbed as "chemical castration", to lower their libido, in an effort to help them control their sexual desires.
The treatment gives the prisoners antiandogens, which can either be taken in pill form or injected into the patient's buttocks.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice has said the treatment would help to "manage the risk of sexual offending".
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Criminal psychiatrist, Professor Don Grubin, has been co-ordinating the project nationally and it was his idea to set up a regional clinic in HMP Whatton.
He said: "The drug is only administered in a very small percentage of cases. But when it is taken it will significantly reduce any patient's sexual desires or feelings.
"For some patients who suffer from an unusually high sexual libido, it can be an effective form of treatment.
"Since 2008 I have been have been vetting all the referrals across the country for this type of medication for prisoners and people on probation.
"And since then I've had about 100 referrals, but it was my idea to pilot a regional clinic at HMP Whatton, but I am not allowed to be specific about how many prisoners are using the medication."
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: "We continue to support the use of pharmaceutical interventions for some high-risk sex offenders given the evidence that medication can be useful in reducing risk for some perpetrators of these crimes.
"Medication can be used in conjunction with other approaches to managing the risk of sexual offending, such as Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements and accredited sex offender treatment programmes.
"We are looking at the best ways to deliver this service, which is why we are carrying out pilot schemes at HMP Whatton and in the East Midlands probation region."