This paper addresses the under representation of Black and minority ethnic (BME) sex\ud offenders in the sex offender treatment programme (SOTP) of the prisons of England and\ud Wales. The proportional over representation of BME men in the male sex offender\ud population of the prisons of England and Wales has been noted for at least ten years.\ud Similarly the under representation of BME sex offenders in prison treatment programmes\ud has been a cause for concern during the last decade. This paper presents current\ud demographic data relating to male BME sex offenders in the prisons of England and\ud Wales. The paper draws together a wide range of social and cultural theories to develop a\ud tripartite model for understanding the dynamics underlying the non-participation of BM
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