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chemical castration2 - California's castration law...

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San Francisco THE scalpel and the syringe are being drafted into the battle against child molesters in California despite warnings from experts that these extreme measures could cause more problems than they solve. California's Governor Pete Wilson signed a bill this week that will keep sex offenders with two convictions in jail indefinitely unless they agree to be surgically castrated or have weekly injections of a hormone that reduces sex drive. Supporters of the legislation say these methods have been shown to work in scientific studies and in several European countries. But experts say the law is more extreme than any legislation on which it is supposedly modelled. Scientists also argue that the law overestimates the power of chemistry or surgery to solve a complex problem. Similar bills have been drafted by other state legislatures, but California's is the first to pass into law. "There is a growing intolerance for these kind of offences, and people are willing to try anything they can think of," says Howard Zonana, chairman of the American Psychiatric Association's task force on sexually dangerous offenders. Under the Californian law, prisoners must consent to surgery or weekly injections of the hormone
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2010 for the course ZOO 4125 taught by Professor Flanigan during the Fall '10 term at Wyoming.

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