Heavener, Oklahoma – the first-time republican lawmaker, State Rep. Rick West, has proposed a bill that will allow to conduct chemical castration on certain sex offenders. West filed the bill after a constituent requested for it to be proposed.
The bill will likely face opposition as some claim it to be unconstitutional and even cruel. Allie Shinn, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, stated "It's hard to imagine this couldn't be considered cruel or unusual".
As of now, there are at least seven states that allow courts to order a chemical treatment that reduces the male testosterone in some sex offenders. Although Florida, California, Georgia, Montana, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Oregon already have the possibility of issue such a court order, it is rarely used in these seven states.
If the bill is passed, it will become an Oklahoma state law, and West is confident that his constituents will support it.
The bill states that released sex offenders can be required to take drugs to reduce testosterone in their bodies to prevent them from conducting additional sex offences. If the offenders are charged with a second sexual offence, they can be required to undergo the treatment, unless it is deemed to be ineffective.
As of today, there are over 700,000 registered sex offenders living all across the United States that are monitored by law officials. The information about the residence of sex offenders is a matter of public record, and conducting a sex offender search as well as a background check can help find out exactly where they live in your surroundings, and help you protect yourself and your loves ones.