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Virginia Lawmaker Wants To Castrate Sex Offenders
NBC Washington ^ | January 27, 2011 | Brandon Benavides

Posted on 01/29/2011 5:30:43 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Virginia state Sen. Emmett Hanger is pushing a measure that would allow for the castration of sex offenders. The controversial proposal passed the Virginia General Assembly four years ago, but then-Governor Tim Kaine vetoed it.

The bill would require the state to study the use of physical castration as an alternative to civil commitment for those deemed sexually violent predators. Now, the Commonwealth pays to detain and treat sex offenders after they served their prison sentence.

Hanger acknowledged that castration isn't the answer for all offenders, but said studies have shown it to work on many. He said Virginia must come up with alternatives to civil commitment, which costs the state about $100,000 per offender each year.

"We have such need for our scarce resources and there's such a resistance to creating additional revenue to deal with core services, that spending money unnecessarily for a program like this, I think is a crime in and of itself,'' Hanger said.

Eight other states allow for some form of castration for sex offenders, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Only Louisiana and Texas allow for the surgical removal of the testes. Other states opt for chemical castration through medications that reduce testosterone, which fuels a man's sex drive.

Virginia is one of 20 states that have a civil commitment program. An offender is eligible if he has committed certain sex crimes and a psychiatrist determines he has a mental abnormality that makes him likely to offend again. A judge or jury makes the final determination.

As a result, the program's budget ballooned from $2.7 million in 2004 to an expected $24 million this year.

Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed spending nearly $70 million over the next two years to meet the increasing demands, including opening a new facility because the 300-bed secure treatment center that opened in 2008 will be full this year.

Castration is an effective treatment when it is combined with therapy and other aspects of treatment, but it is not a cure-all, said Dr. Fred Berlin, director of the Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit at Johns Hopkins University.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: castration; emmetthanger; savings; sexoffenders; vageneralassembly

1 posted on 01/29/2011 5:30:46 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

....I am for it ....IF THE PROGRAM IS EXTENDED TO POLITICIANS AND WANNABE POLITICIANS....MAYBE INCLUDE LOBBYISTS....OH YES... NPR HONCHOS....


2 posted on 01/29/2011 5:33:42 PM PST by pointsal
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Sen Hanger wants to make sure that they won't be hangin’.
3 posted on 01/29/2011 5:33:57 PM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

These people can molest kids without it.

Castrate them and then throw them in prison for decades


4 posted on 01/29/2011 5:34:17 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Make the cut just below their chin.


5 posted on 01/29/2011 5:35:17 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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6 posted on 01/29/2011 5:36:46 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What really constitutes a sex offense ? Is “date rape”, ie where a woman regrets having date night sex, sex offense ?


7 posted on 01/29/2011 5:37:48 PM PST by libh8er
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; EDINVA; iceskater; xyz123; Corin Stormhands; jla; Flora McDonald; ...

Emmett Hanger ping


8 posted on 01/29/2011 5:38:55 PM PST by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I can’t go for the full Monty, but would go along with chemical castration.............. as long as the chemical is something like sulfuric acid.


9 posted on 01/29/2011 5:41:12 PM PST by umgud
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A good start.

I think this is a proper alternative to prison for all convicted felons. Send 'em back to the 'hood singin' soprano.

ML/NJ

10 posted on 01/29/2011 5:45:18 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Just hang’m...


11 posted on 01/29/2011 5:47:43 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: GeronL
These people can molest kids without it.

True, but male offenders wouldn't be able to impregnate female victims. That itself justifies, in my opinion, castration.

Aside: For an interesting read see the Virginia Legal Code circa 1780, as revised by Thomas Jefferson et al

12 posted on 01/29/2011 5:56:15 PM PST by jla
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I would castrate them at the neck level.


13 posted on 01/29/2011 5:56:49 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Castration as punishment probably won't pass the constitutionality test. Castration as deterent will never work so long as there are broom handles around. Deviants like this operate they way they do not to seek pleasure but to cause harm and, ultimately, they don't need any necessary anatomy to do their evil.

Either really lock them up forever or shoot them

14 posted on 01/29/2011 6:00:18 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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The govt should have but one option when it involves involuntary modification of a convicted person’s physical structure: execution.


15 posted on 01/29/2011 6:02:10 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Gene Eric
100% cure rate:


16 posted on 01/29/2011 6:18:48 PM PST by twister881
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Someone has obviously never read the Satyricon.
17 posted on 01/29/2011 6:23:08 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Didn’t the Rev. Jackson once suggest this for then-Senator Obama? Well, if a man of the cloth thinks it’s okay, I see no problem with it.


18 posted on 01/29/2011 6:24:48 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sen. Hanger, shall I bring my knives, Sir?


19 posted on 01/29/2011 6:30:29 PM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: muir_redwoods

Agreed.....’specially the shootin’ part!!


20 posted on 01/29/2011 6:30:41 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Don’t touch my junk


21 posted on 01/29/2011 6:31:25 PM PST by onona (I've played)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The only organ that you can remove from a molester to ensure that he does not reoffend is his brain. All the rest is just guff.


22 posted on 01/29/2011 6:37:55 PM PST by wideawake
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I love my state.


23 posted on 01/29/2011 6:51:17 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: wideawake

You had me at guff


24 posted on 01/29/2011 6:52:01 PM PST by onona (I've played)
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To: jla

is that your standard?

Its okay as long as they can’t impregnate them?


25 posted on 01/29/2011 6:58:23 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: pointsal
....IF THE PROGRAM IS EXTENDED TO POLITICIANS AND WANNABE POLITICIANS....

A good share of the Repubs are already castrated.

26 posted on 01/29/2011 7:18:41 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: GeronL

Can you fecking read??!!


27 posted on 01/29/2011 7:43:27 PM PST by jla
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The only part about this that bothers me is the phrase “sex offenders”. That’s too broad.


28 posted on 01/29/2011 8:29:00 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is not a new thing. Back in the 60s and 70s here in San Diego there was a judge that offered it on a voluntary basis to sex offenders (physical). Don’t know the effectiveness or percentage of repeat offenders but you would be surprised how many choose this sort of treatment.


29 posted on 01/29/2011 8:32:52 PM PST by Razzz42
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

You mean like “sex offenders” who were just guys who got arrested for peeing in public? How about a 18 year old student sleeping with his 17 year old girlfriend? Are these guys to be treated like serial child molestors?


30 posted on 01/29/2011 9:17:09 PM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Seruzawa
Are these guys to be treated like serial child molestors?

Are they not? Decades ago the public bought into the "sex offenders, they're all the same, they repeat over and over and over" mantra sold by salacious pols. This is the result of not examining the pig in the poke.

31 posted on 01/29/2011 10:31:55 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: Seruzawa

I would certainly hope that they’d restrict such a punishment to ACTUAL sexual offenders. It would be a shame if somebody was gelded because some woman Felt Uncomfortable (TM).


32 posted on 01/30/2011 3:11:16 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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