Lawmakers in the state of Alabama passed a bill that would require child molesters to undergo chemical castration as a condition of parole if Gov. Kay Ivey approves a bill recently passed by the state legislature.
The bill, put forward by state GOP Rep. Steve Hurst, would require someone convicted of a sex offense involving someone 13-years-old or younger to begin chemical castration treatment at least one month ahead of release from custody and continue to receive treatment until the court determines the treatment is no longer necessary.
If a convict refuses to take the medication, they’ll be considered in violation of parole and immediately taken back into custody, the bill states.
The bill further states that offenders must pay for the treatment, but that they could not be denied parole solely based on an inability to pay.
Please note that Chemical castration works by suppressing sexual urges through blocking the production of testosterone and hormones.
State Rep. Allen Treadaway told KADN that he backed the bill 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 told the news station. “I think this bill is one of those steps to ensure public safety,” he added.
Both houses of the Alabama legislature approved the bill late last month in an effort that would see the state of Alabama joining the ranks of those with the procedure on the books.
The bill has sparked some controversy with Civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union arguing that castration is a “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Speaking to CNN Hurst said he did not accept criticism that such a measure was “inhumane,” asking “what’s more inhumane” than child molestation.
What is your opinion on this? Is chemical castration a way to ensure the safety of children from sexual predators?