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Chemical Castration: How a Medical Therapy Became Punishment and the Bioethical Imperative to Return to a Rehabilitative Model for Sex Offenders

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Chemical castration is a colloquial term used to refer to the treatment of certain sex offenders with antiandrogenic drugs in order to reduce recidivism. The use of this treatment began in the United States in 1966, at which time the nation favored a rehabilitative approach to criminal justice. In its first thirty years of use, chemical castration proved effective at reducing recidivism rates among one subset of offenders, paraphiliacs, by about fifty percent.
subject
Bioethics
Chemical castration
contributor
Vaillancourt, Samantha Pandick (author)
Coughlin, Christine N (committee chair)
King, Nancy M P (committee member)
Iltis, Ana S (committee member)
date
2013-01-09T09:35:13Z (accessioned)
2013-01-09T09:35:13Z (available)
2012 (issued)
degree
Bioethics (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/37658 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Chemical Castration: How a Medical Therapy Became Punishment and the Bioethical Imperative to Return to a Rehabilitative Model for Sex Offenders
type
Thesis

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