Filmed in several US maximum-security prisons and hospitals, The Castration Cure is a film that examines the possibilities of castration as a form of rehabilitation for sex offenders who prey on children. This hour specifically examines the cases of five men who believe their only chance for a normal life will come via castration. And they may be right. Studies show that as many as 50% of offenders repeat their crimes. Especially since the victims are children, that statistic is too high to accept.
The Castration Cure allows viewers to meet the criminals and the families of the victims, and looks at pending legal decisions, such as those in the UK, where the Home Office is considering chemical castration as a treatment for convicted pedophiles. It’s not easy viewing, and audiences might struggle between a biological yearning for vengeance and higher brain considerations for rehabilitation. This isn’t a simple issue, and it’s not a simple film.
Partners: Electric Sky Productions and Channel 4 distributed through Electric Sky
Wrapped: May 2007
Length: 52 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding UK