First, although chemical castration is potentially life-long for some offenders, it might allow sexual offenders to have normal sexual activity in context with psychotherapy. Berlin FS. In most cases, medication triggers the pituitary gland to reduce testosterone to prepubescent levels.
Indigent Defense Systems. Corrections Total correctional population. January At least seven other states, including GeorgiaIowaLouisianaMontanaOregonTexas and Wisconsinhave experimented with chemical castration. Clinical Therapeutics.
Correctional Populations in the United States, This report is the 23rd in a series that began in So what can we do? Crime Type Identity Theft. California, Florida, and Louisiana allow offenders who may or must undergo treatment to opt for surgical castration.
Clinical review: Ethical and medical considerations of androgen deprivation treatment of sex offenders. Over the last three years, two offenders — including a pedophile freed three months ago — have walked free from state mental hospitals after undergoing the surgery. These findings largely leave the question of whether the technique should be used to the realms of ethics and legality, not medicine.