Numerous studies have been conducted on the use of castration for sex offenders. The two main points addressed were the rate of success in decreasing sex drive and rate of recidivism. A number of studies had similar findings. Analysis of 104 individuals in a German study, conducted between 1970 and 1980, showed that there was a decrease in sexual drive and interest by 75 percent within six months of the operation. Additionally, rate of recidivism was found to be 3 percent, while non-castrated individuals had a 46 percent chance to recidivate. Various studies in Europe reflect similar results (Hickey, 2010). John Branford, a doctor of the Royal Ottawa Hospital, says “as a rule, the recidivism rate of sex offenders averages 80 percent before castration, dropping to less than 5 percent afterwards” (Hickey, 2010, p. 132). Based on study data the use of castration in sex offender...
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... if the individual chooses to be castrated? Whether or not castration is used for punitive purposes the right to procreate and privacy should still be considered.
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