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Guam Lawmakers Pass Law Allowing Chemical Castration of Sex Offenders

By Penny Starr | September 19, 2015 | 8:31pm EDT
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Lawmakers in the U.S. territory of Guam narrowly approved a bill earlier this month that would allow chemical castration of convicted sex offenders ahead of their release back into society, the Pacific Daily News reported on Sept. 4.

“This is a good day for the island of Guam,” said Sen. Brant McCreadie, who introduced the “Chemical Castration for Sex Offenders Act” to reduce recidivism rates of sex offenders at the island’s prison, the media outlet reported.

“It’s an important message; it’s a message that we as a body will not support this type of crime any more,” said McCreadie, who is a Republican. “It’s a stern, loud-and-clear message to any offenders out there that there’s going to be consequences.”

“Pending Gov. Eddie Calvo’s signature, the bill would launch a four-year pilot program at [Department of Corrections] in which eligible sex offenders could be selected to undergo anti-androgen treatment,” the media outlet reported.

The hormone treatment reduces a person’s sex drive, the article explained.

“The Guam Parole Board told McCreadie there are 53 sex offenders currently serving prison time at DOC who will be eligible for release on parole within three years,” the media outlet reported.

The bill passed on an 8-7 vote.

 

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