Alabama is at it again. Signing in laws that other states have only talked about. Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill to chemically castrate the worst of the worst sexual predators.
According to The Daily Caller, this new law requires convicted sex offenders who have committed acts against a child under the age of 13 to begin chemical castration a month before they are released from custody.
They will have to pay for the treatment themselves and it will continue until a court decides that treatment isn’t necessary anymore. Convicted sex offenders can’t be denied parole because they don’t have the funds to pay for castration, CNN reported.
The law states that if a sex offender stops treatment before being legally allowed to, they will violate the terms of their parole and be returned to custody. The bill is for people who commit these sex crimes after Sept. 1, 2019, according to CBS News.
Republican state Rep. Steve Hurst introduced the bill, which the state Legislature passed last week. The representative’s previous bills on the subject, which would have forced sex offenders to pay for their own surgical castration, failed to make it out of committee.
Hurst defended the bill against those who called it inhumane, telling WIAT-TV in Birmingham last week that sex offenders “have marked this child for life, and the punishment should fit the crime.”
“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,” he said. “If you want to talk about inhumane – that’s inhumane.”
Of course, the Alabama American Civil Liberties Union said ordering chemical castration could violate the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment, which forbids cruel and unusual punishment.
So is it cruel and unusual punishment or justified? Let5 us know what you think in the comments below.
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