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Okla. Passes Castration Bill

May 25, 2002

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma legislature has approved legislation that authorizes the chemical castration of serious sex offenders.

The measure, which passed the House on Thursday and had already passed the Senate, permits judges to order chemical castration for people convicted of first- or second-degree rape or forcible sodomy. Repeat offenders could be subject to surgical castration under the bill.

The measure now goes to Gov. Frank Keating.

In the chemical castration process, drugs are used to reduce the amount of the male hormone testosterone the body produces.

The sponsor, Sen. Frank Shurden, has been trying to get a castration law on the books since the early 1970s. He has said castration has been effective in Europe in reducing recidivism by sex offenders.

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