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January 13, 2010

Making cuts.

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."

Posted by Annie Linskey at 11:34 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: General Assembly 2010


whats next?

cutting hands off for thieves???

Actually, chemical castration doesn't typically work for pedophiles and pederasts, because the "rush" from the act is not purely sexual in nature. That is, the desired outcome is not always orgasm or ejaculation.

Pedophiles and Pederasts-- aside from being criminals and perverts -- suffer from a defect in the wiring of their brains, and somes the "rush" or the "high" is the byproduct of adrenaline, with nothing to do with orgasm and ejaculation.

After all, you can sexually abuse a child without ever engaging in oral, anal, or vaginal pentration or even contacting the perpetrator's genitals.

The best cure for pedophiles and pederasts? Hospitalize them for life, once their prison sentences are complete.

So-called chemical castration is a theraputic tool. How does Mike Miller turn it to a punishment in his mind? The drugs are given in conjunction with intensive therapy to help the offender reorganize his thoughts and beliefs. The right path is to offer therapy and give the therapist the discretion whether drugs will be administered. If we do require these drugs to be given, we should also be required as taxpayers to fund the later side effects like osteoperosis that often occur.

Is there a type of chemical castration that keeps people from ever increasing the money they want from the taxpayer? Miller and Busch and the boy gov could use a few shots of it.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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