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Moylan's bill would require chemical castration for certain sex offenders

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The idea of chemical castration for sex offenders is making a comeback.

Sen. James Moylan has introduced a bill to strengthen the existing law to stiffen penalties for pedophiles.

Because rules were not adopted, the act was never truly implemented or enforced, according to Moylan's release. Bill 137-35 would make the Hormone or Anti-Androgen Treatment Program, also known as “Chemical Castration" a requirement for those qualified sex offenders who are released on parole, probation or post-sentencing supervision. Also, the offender would be required to pay for the treatment program.

"Rather than making the program an option or voluntary, we are making it a requirement for certain offenders," Moylan said. "Furthermore, we are also mandating that the offender pay for the treatment as part of their parole or probationary requirements." He adds "our objectives are not only to reduce recidivism among convicted sex offenders, but also to keep the community most importantly the victims safe."

Sen. Therese Terlaje held a round table discussion earlier this month in which officials from the court said no doctor will perform the procedure due to conflicting studies on the effectiveness of the treatment.

Under Bill 137-35, sex offenders who qualify for the chemical castration program would be those who:

1) Are diagnosed with DSM-5 paraphilic disorder,
2) Were convicted of a First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, and/or
3) The victim at the time of the crime was a minor.

The Hormone or Anti-Androgen Treatment essentially has the potential of reducing testosterone to pre-puberty levels, which has proven to lower the urges for the offender to re-commit a crime associated with criminal sexual conduct.

The legislation further requires that the Department of Corrections, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health and Social Services, establish the rules and regulations to assure that this new act, if enacted, is smoothly implemented and enforced.

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