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Will Oklahoma soon join other U.S. states where a sex offender is allowed to opt for chemical castration as a means of treatment and rehabilitation? A Republican lawmaker from Oklahoma, Rick West, wants more than that. He is promoting a new bill according to which a person found guilty of a sexual assault will be demanded to take drugs meant to lower testosterone and, consequently, sexual desire in order to be released from prison. In case of a second offense, the drugs will be mandatory unless otherwise stated by the court.

West claims the law is meant to protect the public, children in particular, from sexual predators. West thinks that most of his constituents are in favor of this bill hoping it will make the streets a lot safer.

However, wishful thinking should not be confused with reality – many doubt whether such a bill has any chance of becoming a law. As opponents claim, obligating a person to undergo chemical castration is a violation of the 8th Amendment of the Constitution. Even if the offender willingly agrees to be chemically castrated to allow his release from prison, there is no guarantee this treatment will be effective as it depended on his willingness to keep on taking the drugs on a routine basis as prescribed.

There have been attempts to pass similar bills in the past to no avail. In 2002, a bill authorizing the authorities to resort to chemical or physical (i.e. through surgery) castration reached Governor Frank Keating’s desk only to be repealed as ridiculously impractical.

It should be noted that in 7 out of the 50 states (California Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon and Wisconsin) there are laws that enable courts to impose chemical treatment designed to reduce sexual desire on felons convicted of serious sex crimes. But even in these states, this treatment is rarely used.

In California, for example, a judge can order chemical castration only if it is a part of a sentence against a person convicted of a sex crime. So far only a small number of parolees receive the castrating drugs on a routine basis. To keep things in proportion, in 2017 there have been more than 13,000 cases of rape in the Golden State.

It turns out that the best way a person can protect himself and his loved ones against a sexual assault in Oklahoma and anywhere else in the country is to resort to conventional methods. One such method consists of carrying out a background check in order to make sure you keep away from people with a history of sex violence.

Every state maintains a sex offender registry which obligates released sex offenders to insert their name and current address. These registries are open to the public. Anyone can trace a sexual predator according to his/her name or location.

To learn more about a criminal background check, you are invited to visit