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This Comment examines the use of Depo-Provera as a method of controlling criminal, sexually offensive behavior. The author discusses the legal and ethical concerns surrounding its use, with specific focus on the concerns of mandated medicine, informed consent, and the necessity for both punishment and rehabilitation. The author also suggests criteria for choosing appropriate candidates for Depo-Provera, as well as guidelines for treatment programs. The author concludes that the recognition of a medical component to this behavior offers hope for protection to sexual offenders and future victims, a hope that incarceration alone has been unable to provide.

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