Alabama has passed a bill that targets certain child sex offenders.
This bill, HB 379, has been introduced by Republican State Representative Steve Hurst and is currently awaiting the governor’s signature. It would require sex offenders whose offenses involve anyone under 13 to undergo chemical castration before being released from prison.
According to the legislation, offenders would be required to pay for the procedure and refusing the castration would be a violation of their parole.
“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” Hurst said. He’s hoping that this would make sex offenders think twice.
“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,” Hurst said of the bill. The bill was sent to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk for signature over the weekend.