Alabama passes bill requiring child sex offenders to be chemically castrated

Alabama passes bill requiring child sex offenders be chemically castrated

"They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime..."

June 05, 2019 - 11:13 am

ALABAMA (KFTK) -- Legislators in Alabama passed a bill on Tuesday that punishes child sex offenders by requiring them to be chemically castrated before they are released from prison.

The bill, HB 379, states:

  • Under existing law, certain criminal offenses are classified as sex offenses. A conviction for a sex offense against a person under the age of 12 years is a sex offense involving a child. Under existing law, a person convicted of a sex offense involving a child which constitutes a Class A or B felony is not eligible for parole.
  • This bill would provide that a person convicted of a sex offense involving a person under the age of 13 years who is eligible for parole, as a condition of parole, shall be required to undergo chemical castration treatment in addition to any other penalty or condition prescribed by law.
  • This bill would also provide that 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. … A person may not be denied parole based solely on his or her inability to pay for the costs associated with the treatment required under this act.

The bill was introduced by GOP Rep. Steve Hurst.

In an interview with WIAT-TV, Hurst said,

"They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime … I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said, 'don't you think this is inhumane?' I asked them what's more inhumane than when you take a little infant child, and you sexually molest that infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away, and they have to go through all the things they have to go through. If you want to talk about inhumane —that's inhumane."

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