Could repeat sex offenders in Oklahoma face chemical castration?

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OKLAHOMA -- Representative John Bennett says it's worked in places like Texas and California; he says the bill they're proposing would give violent offenders early release from prison, if they volunteered to chemically castrate themselves.

"If it was left up to me and John Bennett was President, I would cut them, I would completely physically castrate them," Bennett said.

Infuriated by the number of violent sex offenders being released from prison, Bennett proposed Senate Bill 671, authorizing "certain chemical treatment for certain offenders."

Offenders would voluntarily be injected with an anti-testosterone drug, reducing testosterone levels, and decreasing sexual interest.

"Our children are the most vulnerable in this society and we owe everything we have to take care of them. And if that means chemical castration to an offender that has betrayed that trust and did that awful thing to them, then I'm all for that too," Bennett said.

Dr. Todd Farris practices hormone therapy and while he agrees with Bennett, he says chemical castration alone isn't the solution.

"I think it's more between the ears," Farris said.

He says decreasing testosterone does cause offenders to lose sex drive, but that doesn't kill the addiction.

"It's more of a mental disorder than a testosterone disorder, they need the most intense counseling," Farris said.

"Is it the silver bullet that stops them all, I don't know, probably not. But well never know if it works or not until we try it." Bennett said.

In California, a similar measure has reportedly drastically reduced the amount of repeat offenders.

Lawmakers say Senate Bill 671 is still waiting to go to committee.

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