Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chemical castration of Sex Offenders

Chemical castration is used in some countries and states to treat sex offenders. Unlike physical castration, it is reversible by stopping the medication. For sex offenders with severe or extreme paraphilias, physical castration appears to be effective. It results in a 20-year re-offense rate of less than 2.3 percent (versus 80 percent in the untreated control group), according to a large 1963 study involving a total of 1036 sex offenders by the German researcher A. Langel├╝ddeke. This was much lower than otherwise expected, compared with overall sex offender recidivism rates. Although considered cruel and unusual punishment by many, physical castration does not otherwise affect the lifespan of men (compared with uncastrated men)

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