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Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

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.

First Page

107

Last Page

140

Publication Date

11-1-1994

Department

College of Law

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

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Law Commons

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