Rehabilitation of dangerous offenders

You've heard the news stories many times as someone with a history of dangerous sexual offences leaves prison and eventually tries to settle in someone's neighbourhood. The fear is that they will re-offend, that they cannot be rehabilitated. Today, we hear from an Ottawa-based psychiatrist whose years of work has focused on treating such offenders with drugs that dull the very arousal that triggers their violence. He believes many of those criminals who want to be treated can get to a point where they will not re-offend.

Part Two of The Current

Rehabilitation of dangerous offenders - John Bradford

When Shannon Moroney married Jason Staples after dating for five years, she believed she knew her husband. She was aware of his violent past. Jason Staples killed a woman when he was 18 years old and served 10 years in prison for the crime.

But when they met, he had already spent 5 years out of prison- a textbook example of a rehabilitated man. Then, just a month into their marriage, he kidnapped and violently raped two women. He's now serving time as a dangerous offender.

Shannon wrote a book about the experience called Through The Glass. In October, we spoke with Shannon Moroney and she described the murder that sent her husband to prison the first time.

Our next guest is one of the people who evaluated Jason Staples soon after that murder. Dr. John Bradford is the head of the division of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. He also works with dangerous offenders such as Jason Staples, and believes there are times when some can be rehabilitated.
Dr. John Bradford joined us from Ottawa.

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