Oklahoma State Senator Mark Allen is supporting a bill that proposes chemical castration of violent sex offenders, but it isn’t the first of its kind. California and Florida have already implemented similar laws for repeat sex offenders.
If passed, the proposal would allow first time violent sex offenders the option of voluntary castration in return for an early release date from prison. Chemical castration would be mandatory for second time offenders.
David Slane, an attorney who has represented more than 500 sex offenders, thinks chemical castration would help in rehabilitating sex offenders.
He explained, “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.”
Senator Allen also has seen the results from other states. He said, “The inmate has to go through counseling before going through the process. I think they’ve had about a 90 percent success rate. If somebody wants an early release from prison they can go through the process.”
If the proposal is passed, it would take effect in November.