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Virginia legislator is renewing his push to castrate sex offenders

 
Juan Hunglow
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01/26/2011 09:28 AM
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Virginia legislator is renewing his push to castrate sex offenders
Sounds fair and balanced to me. But some experts say it doesn't help so I think perhaps also cutting off a little finger would help.

Renewed push for castration in Va.

A Virginia legislator is renewing his push to allow castration of sex offenders as an alternative to the increasing costs of detaining and treating them after they've served their prison sentence.

Sen. Emmett Hanger's bill would require the state to study the use of physical castration as an alternative to costly civil commitment for those deemed sexually violent predators. The General Assembly approved similar legislation four years ago, but then-Gov. Timothy M. Kaine vetoed it.

While opponents call the procedure barbaric and the proposal heavy-handed, Hanger argues castration is cost-effective for the state and could provide a cure for some offenders.

"I don't think it's radical at all," said Hanger, R-Augusta. "It's just something that's not typically the thing you want to bring up in polite conversation, but again the whole subject area is not for polite conversation.

"We're talking about people who are so driven because of the tendencies from the chemicals and the hormones inside their body to perform heinous acts. In that context, I think it's very appropriate to talk about something that could, perhaps, be a partial cure for them."

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Re: Virginia legislator is renewing his push to castrate sex offenders
Sounds good to me, as long as were talking ACTUAL sex offenders like rapist and pedophiles. You have to be carful though because in some place you can make the sex offender list just by peeing in public, streaking or something stupid like that.
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01/26/2011 09:40 AM
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Re: Virginia legislator is renewing his push to castrate sex offenders
Physical castration would never be upheld by the Supreme Court. Chemical castration might, but I doubt it somewhat. Neither stops all sexual urges anyway, so it might well not help. There's also the fact that someone who has been forcably castrated may well be very angry with society in general and do something even more drastic than sex offences.
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Re: Virginia legislator is renewing his push to castrate sex offenders
Sounds good to me, as long as were talking ACTUAL sex offenders like rapist and pedophiles. You have to be carful though because in some place you can make the sex offender list just by peeing in public, streaking or something stupid like that.
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My 11 yr old son was nearly registered as a sex offender for mooning the school bus. and that was 20 yrs ago.


The real offenders should be locked up for life.
or suicided.





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