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BBC 5 live: Donal MacIntyre: Befriending Paedophiles

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Paedophiles and other sex offenders are the subject of regular public outrage and demands for longer jail terms, but could "befriending" them be the best way to stop them committing more crimes?

Donal MacIntyre speaks to Sarah, a volunteer working with a category of former prisoners few of us would feel comfortable meeting at all, let alone on a regular basis.

Along with four others she regularly meets a man convicted of serious sex offences against children who has since been released back into the community.

She's part of a "circle" which befriends but also monitors offenders.

This programme was first broadcast on Sunday, 11 April 2010 at 19.30hrs on BBC Radio 5 live.

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