Plenty think punishments for child sex offenders now days aren’t extreme enough. But, that looks set to change in Alabama, with convicted child sex offenders to be given drugs to suppress their sexual urges.
That’s under new legislation sent to Gov. Kay Ivey for approval on May 31. House Bill 379, legislating mandatory chemical castration for anybody eligible for parole and convicted of a sex offense involving someone 13-years-old or younger, was passed by Alabama lawmakers in what could prove to be a controversial move.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 5, 2019
It’s important to note at this point that chemical castration differs from surgical castration (the literal removal of one’s genitals), in that it works by decreasing sexual urges through blocking the production of testosterone and hormones.
Child sex offenders will have to take the necessary drugs as a condition of their parole under the new bill. The bill, passed by both the House (72 votes for and 16 against) and Senate (27 for unopposed), reads: “This bill would require the parolee to pay for the cost of the treatment, provided the bill would prohibit a person from being denied parole because of indigency.
“If a person is ordered to undergo chemical castration treatment as a condition of parole, and the person refuses to undergo the treatment, his or her refusal would constitute a violation of parole and would result in the person being remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections.”
An Alabama lawmaker has a plan to permanently and physically punish someone convicted of certain sex offenses against children. The bill, known as HB 379, would make those sex offenders have to undergo chemical castration before they leave prison. https://t.co/qaiCaGdulL
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Speaking to a Fox affiliate, State Rep. Allen Treadaway explained he was backing the bill in order to ensure public safety.
“Any action that we can take against a child molester that would prevent them from ever committing this type of crime again, I support, including chemical castration,” he is quoted as saying.“I think this bill is one of those steps to ensure public safety.”
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