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September 19, 1903

ASEXUALIZATION OF CRIMINALS.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(12):728-729. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490310032006

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Abstract

A Baltimore grand jury has recommended the asexualization of those convicted of criminal assaults on women, and especially on young girls, thus giving a sort of judicial or official recognition to the proposition that has been repeatedly made by private individuals. That it will be acted on at the present time is rather more than doubtful, but it shows a tendency that may grow even to the point of actual legislation at some future time. Such a punishment might be construed as unconstitutional, but it would at any rate be better than lynching, which is getting so common in some sections that its peculiar methods can almost escape the constitutional provision against "unusual" punishments. Whether the proposed method would be considered unconstitutional we are not prepared to say, but it would be comparatively humane and for a certain class of criminals more effective than the usual methods.

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