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This week's discussion will continue in the area of punishment, and will look at two very controversial topics:

First, consider the idea of conjugal visits for prisoners. Some states allow inmates private visitation time with their spouses.

Imagine that you are the warden of a prison that, at present, does not allow conjugal visits for prisoners. You are considering adopting this procedure.

  • What data would you need to gather in order to make an informed decision? After looking at the research, what would you decide? Explain your reasoning.
  • Explain what possible opposition could you face, and whether these programs have disadvantages.

Next, consider the case of Dean Claude Odermatt. His conviction for sexual battery on a child carried with it a sentence that includes 25 years in prison and chemical castration upon his release.

  • Is chemical castration an effective sentence for sex offenders such as Odermatt? Only a small number of states allow chemical or surgical castration as punishment. Do you support laws like this? (See PDF file of th case attached)

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Florida Man Sentenced To Chemical Castration By Rhonda Erskine, 14 February, 2007 ST. AUGUSTINE: A St. Augustine, Florida man has been sentenced to chemical castration on top of a 25 year prison sentence. 60-year-old Dean Claude Odermatt pleaded no contest to having sexual activity with a child. "This is the worst I've ever seen as far as someone behaving toward a juvenile or minors," Assistant State Attorney Carlos Mendoza said. So the child would not have to testify or face Odermatt in court, the attorneys in the case made a deal. Odermatt would face 25 years in prison instead of the mandatory life sentence that comes with the charge. The chemical castration penalty was up to the judge to decide, and Circuit Judge Wendy Berger did just that. Mendoza and the State Attorney's office pushed for the chemical castration penalty because of Odermatt's alleged history of sexual crimes, especially with children. "In protecting those citizens, we have a responsibility to do things that aren't popular and aren't pleasant," Mendoza said. "This guy rapes and sodomizes little kids and has done it for 30 years, so anything we can do to keep him from doing it in the future, we will have to do." In the penalty phase, the judge heard testimony from people who described Odermatt's sexual assaults. There were allegations of raping a five year old, showing pornography to children, molesting children, and even bestiality. A 1997 Florida state statute allows chemical castration. "If you've been convicted of a sexual battery and then you're convicted again the second time, chemical castration per the statute is mandatory," Mendoza said. "And for first time rapists or sexual batterers, it's up to the court's discretion." According to the statute, Odermatt will receive castration injections 90 days before he's released from prison. By that time he will be 85years-old. Odermatt's attorney said his client has not mentioned appealing the ruling. Source: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=52642 Page 1 of 1 © 2007 South University ...
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Conjugal Visits for Prisoners Discussion




When considering implementing conjugal visits for prisoners, it is important to ensure that
the decision is right by significant evaluation regarding the whole process. The evaluation should
put into consideration the timing and the need for implementing this new law. Thus to ensure that
the decision being made does not have any negative impact on the overall management of the
prisons. The data that should be considered in this case would be from the different state prisons
that have embraced this idea. This would be able to provide critical information relating to the
whole process since they have practiced, there are benefits, and certain elements that need to be
developed (De Claire & Dixon, 2015).
In the United States, only four states allow conjugal visits to prisoners and thus they have

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