Virginia Lawmaker: Castrate Sex Offenders

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A Virginia lawmaker wants to make 100% sure convicted sex offenders do not repeat their crimes -- he wants them castrated.

State Sen. Emmett Hanger introduced a bill that would conduct a study into whether the state should castrate sex offenders instead of confining them to costly treatment programs after they get out of prison.

"I don't think it's radical at all," Hanger told the Associated Press. "It's just something that's not typically the thing you want to bring up in polite conversation, but again the whole subject area is not for polite conversation.

"We're talking about people who are so driven because of the tendencies from the chemicals and the hormones inside their body to perform heinous acts."

Then-Gov. Tim Kaine vetoed a similar bill in 2007.

Virginia is one of 20 states with a civil commitment program, which allows the government to keep some sex offenders in custody after they are released from prison.

The program cost Virginia $24 million last year, up from $2.7 million in 2004. It will cost another $70 million over the next two years.

Two states -- Louisiana and Texas -- have legalized physical castration. Six others have some form of castration, including chemical.