Some sex offenders are taking drastic measures and asking to be castrated to prove they are fit for society. At least 15 repeat sex offenders in California alone have asked for surgical castration as a way of avoiding indefinite incarceration, according to the Los Angeles Times. Over the last three years, two offenders — including a pedophile have walked free from state mental hospitals after undergoing the surgery. PLEASE TAKE NATIONAL POLLS AND PETITIONS. YOUR OPINION MATTERS Results Are Sent To Congress - Let Congress Hear Your Voice
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California is one of at least seven states with laws that mandate continued civil confinement of convicted offenders even after their prison terms expire. Although opponents challenged the constitutionality of the laws for years, claiming they violate “double jeopardy” rules, the measures are here to stay.
In January, the U.S. Supreme Court all but ruled out the possibility that civil confinement ever could be challenged in federal court as double jeopardy.
California is also one of a handful of states that mandate castration — either chemical or surgical — for repeat offenders before being released. Texas was the first state to offer castration to repeat offenders on a voluntary basis.
In some cases, surgical castration has convinced judges and state officials that repeat offenders no longer pose a threat. In Florida, an offender’s sentence was cut short in 1999 after he was castrated. Repeat offenders in other states, including Illinois, Ohio and Arkansas have either requested or received the surgery as a way to bargain for a reduced sentence.
For many who oppose it, surgical castration is a barbaric way to manage the behavior of high-risk offenders. Civil rights groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union have lobbied against the surgery in exchange for reduced sentences, calling it “cruel and unusual punishment.”
H/T: ABC News