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August 7, 2006

Considering sex offender options

A lack of wireless networking in the ballrooms is keeping me from live-blogging at the on-going NASC conference (conference details here and here), but a lunch break allows me to note that sex offender sentencing is a big topic of conversation.  And, on that front, check out this notable article with this notable title: "Castration or civil commitment? His testicles or life in prison? Virginia's worst sex offenders might soon grapple with the same decision."  Here is part of its first section:

Across America, some states are embracing castration - mostly through chemicals that lower testosterone - as a means of controlling convicted pedophiles.  The mental disorder is treatable through therapy by drastically lowering testosterone, which has been shown to stem the urges that lead to sexual assaults. But treatment doesn't guarantee a pedophile won't offend again.

Virginia isn't a state that castrates its most violent sex offenders.  Virginia has, however, embarked on a relatively new program to commit the worst of its sexual predators to a maximum-security institution in Petersburg in hopes of reforming the behaviors that lead to the outbursts of sex-driven violence.

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I am a student and a survivor.

Posted by: | Aug 8, 2006 8:28:46 AM

I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. The issue of how to properly sentence sex offenders should hinge on the danger they present to the community when, and if, they are released. The recidivism rates are alarming, and are probably higher than we're aware since those rates only take into account those who've been caught re-offending.

Posted by: thebizofknowledge | Aug 15, 2006 9:21:04 AM

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Posted by: Aleksandra | Oct 30, 2006 7:13:15 AM

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