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03 August 2008

Georgia Republican Backs Castration (Or Death) For Convicted Child Rapists

Georgia Congressman Paul Broun (R - Athens) introduced two pieces of legislation in May that would allow for the death penalty to be imposed on individuals convicted of rape of a person under 16 years of age and would also allow for the castration of convicted child rapists.

The two bills, which were both introduced as proposed constitutional amendments, seek to exempt the death penalty and castration from the cruel and unusual punishment clause in the U.S. Constitution.

While few would disagree that the penalties for those convicted of harming our society's most vulnerable citizens should be harsh, castration or death may not be the road mainstream America wants to go down.

H.J.RES.83 and H.J.RES.82 both sit in the House Judiciary Committee.