Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen excited about farmyard castration for sex offenders [AUDIO]

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Farmyard justice?
With the costs of Minnesota's sex-offender treatment program spiking, one legislator wants to consider a solution grounded in our state's fine agricultural history: castration.

Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen introduced his preference for farmyard justice when staff from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program were at the Capitol Tuesday to introduce their program to the new members of the House Public Safety Committee.

Concerned that the treatment program is too cushy for sex offenders, Gruenhagen first proposed that chain gangs might cure what ails sex offenders.

Then the Glencoe Republican had a better idea: "Are any states applying castration to this group of offenders?" he asked.

The clinical director for the sex-offender program, perhaps responding to the snickers that followed Gruenhagen's question, first tried to make sure everyone knew that slicing sex offenders' balls off was not on the table as an option:

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Glenn Gruenhagen, castration afficionado.
"Chemical castration is the use of anti-androgens," said Jannine Hebert. "Someone either has a patch or they get injections to decrease their level of testosterone."

But while some states have experimented with making chemical castration a condition of parole, Hebert testified, it doesn't really make sense as a treatment because it doesn't address the causes of criminal sexual behavior in most offenders.

"People commit sex offenses for a lot of different reasons and high testosterone level is rarely part of the issue in a sex-offending behavior, so you'd have difficulty prescribing that to the vast majority of sex offenders because it wouldn't meet their condition and the issue of what you're trying to treat."

That's the expert answer of a licensed psychotherapist working with sex offenders every day. But Gruenhagen--whose background is in financial counseling and life insurance--wasn't buying all this scientific mumbo jumbo.

"I would respectfully disagree," Gruenhagen told Hebert. "It sure worked well on the farm, I'll tell you that."

Here's the audio of this awkward exchange. You can listen to the whole hearing on the Public Safety Committee's website.

Bluestem Prairie has more on Gruenhagen's treatment ideas.

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Rand P
Rand P

Glenn, what the fuck...over

Kamagra
Kamagra

There are several questions that need to be raised here such as whether we agree that castration is a suitable punishment for sex offenders? ...

Zazen
Zazen

What an idiot. He is of course making the incorrect assumption that an erection is what's required for a pedophile to molest children. Of course, this 'solution' ignores female sex offenders. And it ignores the fact that the more violent offenders get off on the torture and mutilation first and foremost, which doesn't necessarily require a penis. Look at Andrei Chikatilo for example. Castration would never have stopped him. Only a bullet did.

Spica2501
Spica2501

For a more permanent solution that does not involve physical castration (in case the courts made a mistake), offenders could be implanted with slow dissolving anti-androgen rods (kind of like the birth control product Implanon). It would remove the need to make sure the offender continues to come in for treatments, as long as it is implanted somewhere it cannot easily be cut out (such as within the abdominal cavity). Sure it doesn't solve the "need for control" issue, but without testosterone the offenders will be significantly less aggressive and will not be able to get an erection.

Devra
Devra

What an idiot. Castration does not work. The biggest sex organ is the mind. Frontal lobotomy would work a hell of a lot better than suppressing testostrone.

WCMcMurphy
WCMcMurphy

I'm surprised that by now the thought processes of "sex offenders" can't be tracked electronically through encephelography or other scientific means. Provided the neurological routes could be identified and traced, logic says they could also be "shut off" through minor surgery or maybe lazer treatment sort of like killing off unsightly hair follicles. What would be called a micro-lobotomy. I imagine this might be considered a violation of "Civil Rights" by some however.

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I'm not going to defend sex offenders, but does anyone else feel like our society has chosen to start a witch hunt against them?

Noted Doctor
Noted Doctor

Don't forget you can "offend" with other appendages like fingers, toes, and tongues. They would also need to go. Then you would have to deal with potential "wristing," so the whole arm should just be cut off up to the shoulder. The issue of "ankling" would have to be dealt with by cutting the legs off at the hip.

mindboggeling
mindboggeling

While I appreciate Mr. Gruenhagen position, I think a lobotomy would be a better solution. Rape is an act of control and dominance so castration wouldn't be addressing the main problem it would just make them impotent and angry. I have often thought all of these programs were bogus. Once a sexual deviant always a sexual deviant.

Isoscelesjones
Isoscelesjones

I believe the correct quote is "Are any states applying cas-ter-ation to this group of offenders?"

wong
wong

uhm... like, what the fuck?

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