[Virginia] Gov. Timothy M. Kaine vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have required state agencies to study whether Virginia should start castrating violent sex offenders instead of confining them, some for the rest of their lives.
The General Assembly, hoping to reduce the costs of housing the state's most dangerous sex offenders in prison or treatment facilities, overwhelmingly supported having state officials study whether criminals should have the option of "physical castration" in exchange for being released.
Kaine (D) vetoed the bill because, he said, he thinks health professionals, not legislators, are the most qualified people to determine how to treat sex offenders, some of whom might be mentally ill.
MAINE SEX CRIME LAWS
- Victim' Rights
- Supervised Release For Sex Offenders
- Substantiation Search Fee
- Sexual Misconduct by EMTs (DHHS regulation)
- Sexual Exploitation of Minors
- Sexual Assault Laws
- Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Advisory Board
- Sex Offender Registry Law
- Sex Offender Registry
- Sentences of Imprisonment
- Rules for Sex Offender Registration (Dept. Public Safety Reg.)
- Rape Kit (Public Safety REG.)
- Prostitution & Public Indecency
- Privileged communications to victim witness advocates
- Polygraph Examiner Qualifications (DHHS regulation)
- Inv. & Interviews By DHHS Caseworkers
- DHHS Appeal Procedures for "Substantiated" Perpetrators of Child Abuse/Neglect
- Child Protection Act