One of the main problems with sex offenders is they often reoffend once they are introduced back into society. To combat this, Oklahoma is in the process of passing a bill that could ensure sex offenders will never hurt someone again.
Oklahoma State Sen. Mark Allen has introduced SB 671, a bill that would legalize chemical castration in the state for violent sex offenders and repeat offenders.
Similar laws have already been passed in Florida and California, and each of these states have found success with the programs. A strong proponent for the bill is attorney David Slane, who has represented more than 500 sex offenders in his career. He says he has seen the positive effects of chemical castration on both his clients and society as a whole.
“I remember one [client] in particular who told me he went to his doctor voluntarily,” Slane said, according to Conservative Tribune. “He used this hormonetherapy and, as he said, ‘It cured me. I no longer have the thoughts. I no longer have the sex drive.’”
“For years afterwards he had never re-offended. So to me, that was proof in the pudding. There may be something here,” Slane added.
Oklahoma’s version of the law will allow first time offenders to undergo the treatment voluntarily in order to receive early release. Repeat offenders, however, will be required to receive the treatment.
“The inmate has to go through counseling before going through the process,” Allen explained. “I think they’ve had about a 90 percent success rate. If somebody wants an early release from prison, they can go through the process.”
“Offenders are in jail for a reason, and if there are any options for early release then this could be one of their options,” Allen added.
The bill is still making it’s way through state committees, but if it is passed, it could take affect before the end of 2015.
What do you think about this new strategy to deal with rapists and pedophiles? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.