OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma wants some sex offenders to undergo so-called chemical castration under a bill he’s introduced to add Oklahoma to a list of states where the punishment is on the books, but is rarely carried out.READ MORE: WVU Medicine Extends Deadline For All Employees To Be Vaccinated
State Rep. Rick West of Heavener says he filed the bill at the request of a constituent and that he fully intends to push for its passage. It’s likely to face strong opposition, even in a conservative state with a tough-on-crime reputation.READ MORE: Giant Eagle Looking To Fill More Than 1,000 Permanent Jobs
If approved, Oklahoma would join at least seven other states with laws allowing chemical treatments that reduce male testosterone for certain sex offenders. Experts say the punishment is rarely carried out and one described it as a “half fantasy” version of criminal justice.
A law professor at University of California at Berkeley says evidence suggests such drugs are most effective when used voluntarily.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Weather: Wind And Light Drizzle Expected On Tuesday
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