Alabama Passes Chemical Castration – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has passed law legislation which would require certain sex offenders to be chemically castrated.
Alabama Passes Chemical Castration:
Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed the bill Monday. It applies to sex offenders eligible for parole after being convicted of crimes involving children under 13.
The bill applies to those who commit their crimes after September 1, 2019.
Chemical castration includes taking medication to decrease testosterone, hormones and other chemicals that drive libido. The parolees are required to start the treatment a month before they leave prison and continue treatment until the court determines it is no longer necessary.
“It could be cruel and unusual punishment. It also implicates right to privacy. Forced medications are all concerns,” Marshall told
Seven other states and territories – California, Florida, Guam, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Wisconsin – have authorized chemical castration. Offenders may be sentenced to chemical castration in all cases involving serious sex offenses in Iowa, California and Florida.
Republican Rep. Steve Hurst had said the measure for more than a decade.
“I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said, ‘Don’t you think this is inhumane?'” Hurst told WIAT-TV. “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.”