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CHEMICAL CASTRATION The United States has always sought ways of punishing criminals but it has begun to seriously crack down on sex offenders especially child molesters President Clinton proposed Megans Law to the country a law that required previous sex offenders to register with the local law enforcement agencies This was inspired by the murder of Megan Kanka a young girl murdered by her neighbor who was a convicted sex offender Since the proposal twenty states require registry and eleven of those require the lists of sex offenders to be posted in a public place This was just the beginning of the harsh laws soon to be passed against sex offenders In 1996 California raised the idea of chemical castration which had been previously contemplated The idea of using Depo-Provera and other hormones started in the US in the mid 1960s Many states such as Michigan Texas Florida and Massachusetts have tried to get the laws in favor of chemical castration passed but were unsuccessful Those states were not able to pass the law because it was found to be unconstitutional California was able to pass the law with an assembly vote of fifty-one to eight and the senate passed it with a similar vote on September 17 1996 The law was introduced as California Penal Code s645 On January 1 1997 the state began practicing this law The new law stated that chemical castration would be mandatory for twice convicted child molesters in order for parole Chemical castration is an injection of medroxyprogesterone or better known as Depo-Provera The treatment begins one week before parole and continues weekly The offender does have the option to refuse the injections but then heshe can not be paroled and must remain in prison The dosage will be in 400- 500 mg injections of Depo-Provera Depo-Provera is a drug that lowers mens testosterone levels which decreases their sex drive
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