No chemical castration for Russ pedophiles

Oct. 23, 2009 at 7:27 PM
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MOSCOW, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Making voluntary chemical castration a part of Russian law is not the most effective way of dealing with pedophiles, the head of a parliamentary committee says.

A member of the A Just Russia party had introduced draft amendments to the Russian Criminal Code Sept. 30 to give pedophiles the option of undergoing voluntary chemical castration in order to be released from jail. The alternative should be a life sentence in prison, the proponent of the legislation said.

There are other measures that would be more effective in reducing repeat offenses, Yelena Mizulina, chairwoman of the State Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children, said Thursday.

"In some countries, such as the (United States), the need for chemical castration was assessed," Mizulina said. "Fellow lawmakers tell us it has little effect, as chemical castration does not kill the desire for sexual contact. These people switch to other means of sexual contact."

She said a system under which pedophiles must register with authorities after release from prison, similar to U.S. procedures, would ensure they do not re-offend, RIA Novosti reported.

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