Under plans that are current being considered by the Ministry of Justice within Theresa May’s government, chemical castration could be used as a form of punishment against paedophiles.
There is growing scientific evidence to support the drastic measures, and with our government under more pressure to act against paedophile grooming gangs than ever before the MoJ is now giving the idea series consideration.
According to The Express:
THE Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is considering proposals to massively increase the use of chemical castration on convicted sex offenders and paedophiles.
The Daily Express has learnt that Justice Minister Phillip Lee asked officials to look at ways of increasing the use of the medical treatment to stop sexual urges because international evidence suggests it is the best way to stop reoffending.
It is understood that Dr Lee, a practising GP, has said that there needs to be “an evidence-based approach” to making offenders safe enough to release in society.
The work by officials has come in the wake of the John Worboys scandal after the High Court overturned a decision by the parole board to release the former taxi driver and convicted rapist.
Last month the Daily Express revealed that there are more than 1,000 other serious sex offenders who, like Worboys, were on indeterminate sentences and will be considered for parole in the coming months.
There are fears within the MoJ that if these offenders cannot be released then the prison service will not have the space to accommodate them all because of the need for releasing criminals to make up room for people who have been freshly convicted.
However, the Worboys case highlighted concerns that rapists and other sex offenders could be released even though they may still pose a threat to the community.
There was also anger that victims were not consulted about Worboys’ potential release and were not asked about the conditions.
It was revealed last year that chemical castration – the administration of regular medical treatment to suppress sexual urges – was introduced into six prisons last year.
If all other options have failed, then surely this has to be one of the most effective methods to use.
Offenders who are literally incapable of changing their ways won’t leave the government with much of a choice.