Alabama state lawmakers passed a bill recently that would require child offenders to be chemically castrated before their release from prison.
The measure was introduced by a Republican member of the State House of Representatives, and it now needs to be signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey.
Steve Hurst, a Republican lawmaker from Calhoun County says that the chemical castration is an appropriate punishment for these people, because they have marked the child for life, and the punishment should fir the crime.
Civil libertarians will likely oppose the measure, as they say that it is a violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.
The Eighth Amendment prohibits the government from inflicting “unusual and cruel punishment” on U.S. citizens, and critics also note that the medicaments required to reduce the urges of these people have serious side effects, including blood clotting and allergic reactions.
Hurst says that he thinks the punishment is not inhumane, and he asked people that oppose him what’s more inhumane: molesting an infant child that cannot defend itself, or all the things they have to go through.
He also believes chemical castration will act as a deterrent for future potential criminals.
Eight states have permitted some form of either chemical or surgical castration of these offenders since the 1990s, though courts have rarely ordered the treatments to be carried out in practice.
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