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Moylan: chemical castration bill meant to reduce recidivism rates

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One local lawmaker is hoping to take Guam's Chemical Castration law one step further despite the fact it hasn't even been implemented in the past four years. 

Sen. James Moylan on Tuesday introduced Bill 137-35 to update the Chemical Castration for Sex Offenders Act. The reason this program has not been implemented since its passage into law back in 2015 is due to conflicting data provided by the American Psychological Association regarding the efficacy of the treatment and the potential long-term effects on convicted persons undergoing the dosing process.

Sen. Moylan understands the potential risks involved as far as the negative side effects of the convicted offenders and explains that convicts who meet the mandated requirements.

"If they're concerned about that they can they should consult their physician," he said. "Again this is just a condition if they qualify as a sexual predator on juveniles if they want to get out on parole, then this is something they need to get done. If it's a concern for them and they're concerned about side-effects that may happen to them then they don't have to do it. Then they can complete the rest of their sentence."

Moylan's bill would require sex offenders to pay for the treatment themselves. But what if the felons can't afford to pay for it, would the cost be passed onto the taxpayers? According to the senator if they can't pay they can't seek parole.

"If the felon can't afford the treatment for chemical castration, well then you complete the rest of your parole," he said. "If you can afford it and you're willing to go for that then you pay for it yourself. I think the government and the taxpayers have incarcerated the person and hopefully got his treatment inside. If he doesn't want to complete the rest of his sentence or rather I should say come up for evaluation for parole and wants to get early release, then so be it but you then must complete this part of the chemical castration."

The senator wanted to make clear that the main intention of his bill is addressing the concern for the victims and creating policy to reduce recidivism rates.

"How are we going to prevent this from happening again," he questioned. "Well here's one way. It may not be a guarantee that they will no longer do it but maybe it will work while they're on parole."

The measure would make it a mandatory requirement for sex offenders seeking parole.

"If you want or wish to be released on parole, which is early release from your confinement then this is the condition that you must do," he said. "You committed a crime against a juvenile and you're a pedophiliac then you need to do certain things and chemical castration is an existing law right now and we are just giving more meat to this--more teeth to this. Making it mandatory for those who have committed a crime against a minor, either you complete your sentence or if you want to get out early then chemical castration is what you need to do."

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