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Oklahoma Lawmakers Consider Bill to Require Chemical Castration for Sex Offenders

An Oklahoma lawmaker proposed a bill that would make it legal for the state to allow some sex offenders to undergo chemical castration as punishment for their crimes.
State Rep. Rick West (R-Heavener) proposed the legislation on behalf of a constituent, the Associated Press reported.

The bill, House Bill 2543, would require violent male sex offenders to take medication that would lower their testosterone levels and sex drive as a condition for release.

Inmates convicted of a second offense would be ordered to take the drugs unless a court rules the treatment is ineffective or the convict opts for surgical castration.

Critics of the bill say the practice of castration could be unconstitutional.

“It’s hard to imagine this couldn’t be considered cruel or unusual,” American Civil Liberties Union Oklahoma chapter spokeswoman Allie Shinn said.

Seven states—including Georgia, California, Florida, Montana, Louisiana, Oregon, and Wisconsin—have similar laws on the books.

The Oklahoma legislature has considered similar bills calling for sex offender castration over the years. In 2002, the legislature proposed a bill allowing sex offenders to be chemically or surgically castrated that made it to the governor’s desk. Then-Gov. Frank Keating, a Republican, vetoed the measure and called it “silly.”

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  1. John

    February 5, 2018 at 4:34 am

    Sounds good.

  2. Judy V

    February 5, 2018 at 4:41 am

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH! They should CASTRATE these guys! Cut it away! If they did that to a few, you better believe the sex crimes will stop just like that! They castrated males for thousands of years as a way to keep them from being warriors. They even put Eunuchs in charge of the harems. I am NOT SAYING that was a good thing. I’m saying there is a way to cut down all these sexual predators, and that is it. Give them drugs?!! What the heck is that gonna do? They won’t take the drugs! But put the fear of God in them by castrating them like they do horses and cattle, and all of this nonsense will stop.

    • Vic G.

      February 5, 2018 at 4:49 am

      I agree completely. Drugs idea is stupid, they will just not take them. I recall reading some years back that one injection of some chemical will do it permanently.

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