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Alabama lawmakers recently passed House Bill 379 , Crimes and offenses, sex offenses, mandatory condition of parole, chemical castration treatment authorized as mandatory condition of parole for certain sex offenders.
The bill was authored by State Representative Steve Hurst. He was recently interviewed by local CBS42 , and he states that the bill will be for sex offenders over the age of 21 that committed sex offenses against children.
“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” said Hurst.
“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,” said Hurst.
Governor Kay Ivey now must decide whether or not to sign the bill into law.
Local attorney Raymond Johnson thinks the bill may face legal challenges if passed, based on the U.S. Constitution’s 8th Amendment.
They’re going to challenge it under the 8th Amendment Constitution. 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.
Representative Hurst says he wanted physical castration at first, but later amended the bill to be “chemical castration,” which is a drug the prisoner would take to eliminate their sex drive. He claims that it is reversible if one stops taking the drug.