An audience member at Marc Steiner’s annual Annapolis Summit this morning asked Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch a question that got everyone’s attention: Should repeat pedaphiles in Maryland be “neutered”? (Apparently the more traditional term for such a remedy is “chemical castration.”)
Miller supports the idea saying such a punishment, in his opinion “would be extremely light.” He added: “I would want them neutered even in prison.”
Busch was more circumspect, stressing his faith in the criminal justice system. “I’m against neutering, let me just say that,” the speaker said. “I don’t think neutering is the answer.”
Miller’s full quote is transcribed below – and you can listen here (hour 2, 30:53).
"I don't oppose neutering -- I can tell you that right now -- for repeat sex offenders. I've got 13 grandchildren. And I think that would be extremely light. And I'd want them neutered so they can't do any more damage in prison while they are in prison for life."