When it comes to those who target children most people cannot agree on a harsh enough punishment and finding a means of keeping those who get back out of prison from re-offending and hurting yet another child seems to be a very big thing we face in this day and age but that all might change as time passes.
According to ABC News, as of June 2019, Alabama lawmakers have passed legislation that requires convicted child $ex offenders to be chemically castrated before they are allowed to reenter society. This bill is one known as HB 379 and it passed in the state Senate without any issues. Basically within this bill, it is written that any convicted offender who abused a child under the age of 13 must take drugs to block the production of testosterone to keep their l!bido seemingly nonexistent.
Governor Kay Ivey signed this bill into law on the 10th of June 2019. While that in itself has been roughly one whole year already, most people still are not aware of this newer law. This treatment while some think is not going to do much others think could really make a difference in how many molesters end up re-offending. Other states have passed similar things and well, when it comes to protecting our children we must do something, right?
AL.com wrote as follows on this seemingly new law back when it was first passed:
The chemical castration law says $ex offenders whose victims were younger than 13 will have to take “medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment or its chemical equivalent, that, among other things, reduces, inhibits, or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones, or other chemicals in a person’s body.”
The law requires the treatment to begin at least one month before a parolee is released. The parolee is required to pay for the treatment unless a court determines he cannot. The Alabama Department of Public Health will administer the treatments.
Randall Marshall, executive director of the ALCU of Alabama, said the chemical castration treatment has been rarely used in other states that have authorized it through law. Marshall thinks it likely violates the ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
“It’s not clear that this actually has any effect and whether it’s even medically proven,” Marshall said. “When the state starts experimenting on people, I think it runs afoul of the Constitution.”
Hurst said children who are victims of child abuse are affected for the rest of their lives and said those who abuse children should face lifelong consequences.
“What’s more inhumane than molesting a small, infant child?’ Hurst asked.
Hurst said he has been haunted by the issue since he read an account from a foster care organization about an infant child being m0lested. His legislation initially called for surgical castration.
Sen Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, who handled Hurst’s bill in the Senate, said the law will apply to a small number of offenders because many who molest children won’t be considered for parole. He believes the treatments will work for those who are.
What do you think about all of this? Is chemical castration a good idea or is it one that won’t end up making much of a difference? I for one am a bit on the fence myself. That being said, only time will tell whether or not any real difference is made.