Although recognized as an acceptable form of punishment in other cultures, castration as a punitive measure has traditionally found limited support in the United States. This comment examines the use of castration as a form of punishment, tracing the procedure from its origins in the eugenics movement in the early twentieth century to the recent popularity of chemical castration as an alternative to incarceration for sex offenders. The comment discusses constitutional challenges to the castration of sex offenders and addresses the economic and social policy considerations implicated by the practice. The author concludes that castration represents an unconstitutional and ineffective alternative to imprisonment.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Vanderzyl, Kari A.
"Castration as an Alternative to Incarceration: An Impotent Approach to the Punishment of Sex Offenders,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 15:
1, Article 2.
Kari A. Vanderzyl, Comment, Castration as an Alternative to Incarceration: An Impotent Approach to the Punishment of Sex Offenders, 15 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 107 (1994).