Castration as Creative Punishment?

I just thought I’d pass along this post from Sentencing Law & Policy today. The post links to an article regarding a Virginia state senator’s proposal to castrate rather than incarcerate men found guilty of being sex offenders.

I’m not sure this is a novel idea…I’ve definitely heard family members suggest basically the same thing. But what do you think, is this punishment worse than incarceration? Is it cruel and unusual? I think this poses a rather difficult question of legal philosophy worthy of careful reflection.

-Zachary Cloud

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