Here, convicted sex offenders get help not to reoffend

– The vast majority just wish to live a normal life, says Jenny Ribacka, psychologist and treatment manager at the institution in Kristianstad.

There are 130 inmates at the Correctional Institution in Kristianstad, all convicted of various types of sexual crimes.

– It can be about rape, sex crimes against children or child pornography crimes, says Basman Alyas, correctional inspector and head of the treatment programs at the institution in Kristianstad.

Works with problems in relationships

Seif is called the treatment program aimed at people convicted of various sex crimes. The treatment is carried out individually and in groups for six months.

– The problems we work with are often about relationships, and that’s where group discussions are good, because that’s where we build relationships all the time, says Jenny Ribacka.

Just over half completed the programs

At the institution, it is possible to attend several different treatment programs to reduce recidivism on the other side of the sentence. Last year, 58 percent of the inmates completed one of the programs, a number they are happy with.

The corresponding figure nationally is 27 percent.

– The goal is for everyone to undergo treatment, but sometimes the sentence is too short for that to be possible. Lack of language skills or different diagnoses can also make it not possible to complete the treatment, says Basman Alyas.

Hardly researched area

There is no Swedish research that shows how much the risk of recidivism in sex crimes decreases after treatment.

The area is difficult to research for several reasons, above all because there are relatively few individuals to research. Between two and three percent have been convicted of sexual offenses several times. Recidivism in sexual crimes is lower compared to other crimes, according to the Correctional Service.

– In terms of the number of people, it is quite a small basis to draw any conclusions about. Then, of course, there is a dark rate to take into account, but even with the dark rate, relapses into sexual crimes are few, says Jenny Ribacka.