Thursday, July 14, 2005


State Senator is trying to get a bill passed that would give the State of Oklahoma permission to surgically castrate someone convicted of rape. Castration would only be an option where the is supporting DNA evidence and the the rape involves children or significant injury. Similar legislation has been attempted at least two times before and was not successfully passed. I was surprised to find out that a few other states have successfully passed compulsary castration laws.

The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. That aside, this website cites a Danish study that showed repeat offenders were mostly non-existant after being castrated.

I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Being a man, the thought of castration is a daily fear. However, if it works, it's hard to argue against it.