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OK: State Lawmaker Proposes Chemical Castration For Sex Offenders

An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing to allow chemical castration of sex offenders. The procedure is in effect in two other states and could be in Oklahoma before the end of the year.

This isn’t the first time this idea has come up in Oklahoma. It’s always been shot down, but some believe it could actually work. Full Article

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  1. Timmr

    The following articles provide a much better resource on the issues involved:
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/jan/18/chemical-castration-soft-option-sex-offenders.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3565125/.
    Simple solutions that feel right are what lawmakers are all about these days, especially when the word sex is involved.

  2. Eric Knight

    Another (not so) subtle item:

    Notice how the article uses the term “sex OFFENDER” in this context. The inference is purposeful to associate ALL sex offenders to those in need of castration. The reason this is important is that the reader would assume everyone on the sex offender list needs to be castrated.

    THIS EFFECT IS INTENDED. This is exactly what reporters like to do: sensationalize the issue so that the entire registrant community is associated with the “worst of the worst.”

    • ab

      Agreed. However, statistics prove the worst of the worst by in large are not ever caught. So something isn’t working and everyone knows but doesn’t want to admit that after offense measures can’t prevent offenses from happening. More offenders will become offenders as long as the underlying causes of offenses go unaddressed.

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