Dateline – Oklahoma
OOOOOKlahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains, and they want to castrate sex offenders. At least, that’s the plan if Senator Mark Allen has his way. Attempting to follow in the footsteps of other states like Florida and California, Oklahoma, under the new proposed bill, would like to chemically castrate violent sex offenders.
The bill, brainchild of Senator Mark Allen, would give first time offenders the option to undergo the castration process in exchange for shortened prison terms. Repeat offenders, however, would be forced to take part in the procedure. The thought process behind the move is to permanently dissuade the offenders from any future attacks. While the liberal left would have you believe that rehabilitation is possible, or even going so far as to say that pedophilia and other sex crimes should be classified as forms of “sexual orientation”, a recidivism rate of 5.3% (Bureau of Justice, 2003) is proof otherwise.
The bill, while controversial, has many who have worked closely with sex offenders in the past as staunch supporters. Attorney David Slane who has represented over 500 sexual predators in court cases had this to say about the piece of legislation,
“I remember one in particular who told me he went to his doctor voluntarily. He used this hormone therapy and, as he said, ‘It cured me. I no longer have the thoughts. I no longer have the sex drive.’ For years afterwards he had never reoffended. So to me, that was proof in the pudding. There may be something here.”
Controversy surrounding such laws, following the a-typical “defend the criminal and not the victim” thought process of the left, stems from infringement of personal rights. Slane acknowledged there could be problems with passage of such laws by saying,
“On the other hand the idea that we could force drugs on people that have not been approved by the FDA would subject the state to lawsuits, and I feel like that part needs to be taken out.”
Senator Allen thinks otherwise. When confronted by opposition he simply states,
“The inmate has to go through counseling before going through the process. I think they’ve had about a 90% success rate. If somebody wants an early release from prison, they can go through the process.”
Whatever your position on the matter, the question should be asked, “Instead of what’s good for the inmate, what’s best for the victim, their family and society as a whole?”