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Alabama lawmakers pass bill requiring chemical castration for child sex offenders

A new law will force pedophiles whose victims were under 13 to pay for their own castration before they’re released from jail.

Under the proposals, paedophiles would have to pay for their own castration and would have to return to jail if they didn’t continue their treatment.

The bill, known as HB 379, requires state governor Kay Ivey’s signature before it can become law.

Alabama is not the only state to consider chemical castration for sex offenders. California passed a chemical castration bill in the 1990s for repeat child sex offenders, and a similar law exists in other states including Florida, Louisiana, Montana and Oregon.

Texas also has a chemical castration law. However, the treatment in that state cannot be a condition for parole, and the inmate must request the procedure. Michigan used to have a law mandating chemical castration as a parole condition, but an appeals court in 1984 ruled that this was unlawful.

State representative Steve Hurst first introduced the bill in the Alabama state House.

“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” Hurst told WIAT-TV.

“I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said don’t you think this is inhumane?” he said.

“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.”

Speaking to WIAT-TV this week, Alabama lawyer Raymond Johnson, said he thought the legislation would be challenged if passed.

“They’re going to claim that it is cruel and unusual punishment for someone who has served their time and for the rest of their life have to be castrated,” he said.

This bill comes less than a month after Alabama banned abortion in cases of rape or incest.

The chemical castration treatment is planned to start a month before the inmate is set to be released from prison, and will continue until the court decides it is no longer necessary, according to the bill.

Once released, if the parolee decides to stop receiving the treatment, they will be found in violation of their parole and immediately sent back to prison.

 

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