Should chemical castration be performed on Sex Offenders? Okay suppose your five-year-old daughter was brutally attacked and raped by a known sex offender, would you rather the offender to be sentenced to a few years in prison, only to get out and destroy another innocent victim’s life or have them chemically castrated? Chemical castration is the process of injecting male sex offenders’ female hormones to eliminate their sex drive. Honestly until someone is in the position; how can they say that it should or should not be performed on these offenders. Growing up there was a family up the road that we all considered a little strange and even scared to go around. When we became adults the oldest son and his wife was arrested and charged with over ten counts of molestation of a juvenile and aggravated rape of a juvenile. The children next door to them and their own children were the victims. It is suspected that the father of this family and the other son was also involved but this was never proven.
The couple only served a few years in prison the wife was released first and the husband a couple years later. Although, there has not been any other charges filed against the couple to knowledge there has been many times that their house has been passed and seen several children on their porch. It always sends chills down my spine; even though I do not know anything for sure, I suspect the abuse continues. My personal opinion is that castration is perfect for offenders of this nature. According to web sex offenders are among the highest reoccurring offenders in the United States. These types of criminals pose a threat to society and mostly to the people that live in the same neighborhood that they move into after being released from prison.
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When these offenders are given female hormones the rates of reoccurrence decreases to five percent. This is because of the reduction of testosterone levels, therefore decreases the sexual desires of these offenders. According to Andrew Humpherson, offenders who molest children are nearly impossible to rehabilitate. He also says that if these offenders where chemically castrated it would reduce the urge to molest children. The offenders who have been released on parole, as a discount on his maximum jail sentence, should be required to have chemical castration performed as a condition of the parole.
These offenders pose a large threat to society and something should be done to prevent this from happening again. According to Justice Minister John Hatzistergos, “Chemical castrations is nonsense and does not work properly because it only treats the physical urge.” However, for 94. 7% of treated heterosexuals to have no repeat offenses in 17 years is substantial. An article in the Crime Times a study in Germany compared 99 surgically castrated individuals and 35 non-castrated individuals for 10 years after release.
The recidivism rate for the castrated men was 3% compared to 46% non-castrated men. These are VERY substantial numbers and even though surgical castration is more severe the end results for chemical vs. surgical are very similar, and a very good argument can be made for the humanity of chemical castration. The researchers report that all of their subjects showed marked reductions in outward- directed anger during the experiment, while half exhibited reductions in anxiety and sexual desire. This suggests, they say, ‘Measures of outward-directed anger are most sensitive to small reductions in circulating testosterone concentrations.’ In some states, prisoners have begged the states to chemically castrate them with the states actually refusing. In Texas, Larry Don Mc Quay begged the state to give him the drug stating that he had molested some 200 children and would do it again if he were released.
A Critical Analysis of the Effects of Chemical Castration and Physical Castration on the Recidivism Rates of Sex Offenders Introduction This paper examines the effects of chemical castration and physical castration on the recidivism rates of sex offenders. Using theory integration or the multi factor approach, the findings reveal there are several factors influencing sex offender recidivism. Both ...
Johns Hopkins University found a recidivism rate of 65% for non-treated felons, this number fell below 15% with treatment. The numbers go on and on of amazing drops in the recidivism rates, none were inconclusive or minor changes. To the parents of the victims to be this is meaningful, life changing. Studies also show that there is a strong correlation between adult molesters and their own personal sexual abuse as children so this could also help to break a viscous cycle. However, what is not stated in this article is to reverse the chemical castration all the offender has to do is stop getting the injections of female hormones.
If an offender really wanted to convict this type of heinous crime again, then chemical castration is not really a safe direction to go when it comes to protecting our children from such an awful situation. A major question would be cost vs. benefit. There are two ways to view this question, one would be cost to society vs. benefit to society, the other would be actual dollars, and cents cost analysis.
First issue would be constitutional rights, how far the government has a right to govern citizens vs. protecting innocent victims. Given the recidivism rate of this type of crime it seems to me in cases of repeat offenders it is our absolute duty to protect any new possible victims, how can the rights of these felons have more priority than societies right to be protected from them. Given the non-permanence of the solution and the fact that it would not be disfiguring along with the facts that it may in fact be helpful in enabling these men to live some semblance of a normal life I cannot see why so many states hesitate to make this part of legislation. As for monetary cost analysis it costs anywhere from ten thousand to seventy seven thousand dollars, depending on the state, to house a prisoner, an average breaking down to forty four dollars per day per prisoner. The cost of this type of therapy would be an average of twenty-one dollars per day, a savings of over 50%.
In some states, the offender has to pay for his own injections. I am sure that there are those that can argue all of my points and can even come up with different statistics to support their own points. France has started testing a different type of chemical castration, in which, they refer as a chemical straight jacket. This is performed by administering injections of the prostate cancer drug leuproreline performs this process and the breast cancer tablet cyproterone dampens the sex drive and inhibits erections.
Purpose: To conduct experiments and to determine whether they are physical or chemical changes Before we conduct these experiments there are some topics that we must discuss. As I stated in the purpose, in this lab we are going to be looking at some experiments, and we have to determine whether they are a cause of chemical or physical changes. The purpose for all the labs that we will be doing ...
According to Made laine Perret, vice-president of the Paris section of the prisoner help organization, she has spoken with one prisoner and he told her “‘Madame, you can’t imagine the strength of the impulse that some of us men feel to get close to little boys and commit acts that are completely forbidden.” ‘He said he was glad to have been arrested and happy to be in prison. Because there were no young boys, there was no temptation and so it was in prison that he felt free.” It was also stated in this article that he was down for a long sentence but was afraid of being released and offending again, he also stated that he wanted treatment. (BBC News).