Few topics invite more heated feelings and controversy than that of adults who are attracted to children. In A Place for Paedophiles, filmmaker Louis Theroux seeks to get to the root of the issue by speaking with patients at the Coalinga Mental Hospital in California.
At Coalinga, more than 500 convicted sex offenders are in treatment, attempting to find a way to combat their urges so that they can re-join society. Although many have already spent a long time in prison, most have been judged as unsafe for release. Theroux spends time with patients and mental health professionals, discussing the challenges of living with this problem and what solutions may be available to stop child abuse from taking place.