delmarvanow.com: Sussex lawmaker proposes chemical castration.
When state Rep. John C. Atkins looks at national sex offender registries, he doesn't focus just on Delaware. Atkins is considering legislation to strength sex offender laws in Delaware, including one proposal to allow chemical castration of chronic sex offenders.
His proposals aren't unprecedented. Six other states have laws that allow chemical castration of chronic sex offenders. Texas law allows for surgical castration in some instances, according to data provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Atkins said he is aware that the letter "Y" already appears on the back of driver's license and state-issued IDs when a person is a convicted sex offender. But he said few people outside of law enforcement are aware of it.
(Can you say Scarlet Letter?)
In addition, he is advocating special vehicle tags for high-risk, repeat sex offenders and registration of all Internet domain and chat room names with authorities.
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