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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Ouchie

Republican legislator proposes castration for sex offenders.

I'm not so sure this is a great idea, at least the physical castration. I would have to see the statistics on whether chemical castration actually works in sex offenders. I bet that when this bill is heard in committee, though, people are going to be crossing their legs.

2 Comments:

At 9:10 PM, February 17, 2005, Blogger Luke Francl said...

I've read there is some evidence that chemical castration simply enrages pedophiles, causing them to commit violence against the kids they'd otherwise molest.

I don't know what this bill is attempting to address...If it's a cost saving measure, I'm not for it. Better these people should be in jail. I pay taxes to keep us safe. I don't mind paying to keep pedophiles in jail.

 
At 2:14 AM, February 21, 2005, Blogger Winter said...

Chemical castration won't stop sex offenders but, as mentioned above, would probably make them worse. Physical might not either, depending on whether their particular activities were based on sex (unlikely) or something else (more likely). The latter would remain un-stopped.

Furthermore: the whole thing sorta fails the "cruel and unusual" test...

 

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