Finally, we discussed some possible implications. The Oregon Depo-Provera program: A five-year follow-up. Castration has been used in several jurisdictions to prevent recidivism in sex offenders. Jeremy, a year-old man, is currently five years into an eight-year sentence handed down for the rape of a year-old boy.
Voluntary rehabilitation? This is paradoxical because the very point of obtaining consent is, arguably, to protect autonomy. Time for a boycott of Chinese science and medicine pertaining to organ transplantation.
An interesting question, of course, is precisely how ethically sound our incarceration practices must be in order for it to be permissible to offer castration as an alternative. Though its use has declined, surgical castration of sex offenders still occurs, including in the West.
Enhancing Future Autonomy Suppose, for the sake of argument, that it is not possible to obtain valid consent to chemical castration in the contexts we are considering—i. Treatment of sexual abusers in Belgium. For example, it is not clear that such desires could ever be rational, so it is not clear that they could be part of the autonomous self on a rationalist account of autonomy.
What A should do is remedy that situation; he should release the child without requiring a ransom.
On the other, this is very clearly a human rights violation, and what will begin as a way to punish people who have carried out horrific crimes could one day be expanded to just about any group. Offenders eligible for parole or probation, or granted a suspended sentence must begin MPA or a chemically equivalent treatment as ordered by the court or a qualified mental health professional and medical staff.
Serial offenders are not eligible for probation, parole, or a sentence suspension. The court order must specify the duration of treatment, up to life. Along with less mental noise, patients may also experience side effects including weight gain, hair loss, and development of breasts.
Psychosocial and biological treatment considerations for the paraphilic and nonparaphilic sex offender. It might be thought that, if prevailing incarceration practices are unjustified, this merely strengthens our argument. Subsequently, new hormonal agents—the gonadotrophin-releasing hormone GnRH agonists—have also come into use.