Sex offenders, especially those who target children, are widely considered the lowest of the low when it comes to criminals. Even in prison, child sex offenders are targeted and attacked by other inmates for their despicable acts. Kay Ivey, Alabama’s governor, signed a bill Monday that will require certain sex offenses to undergo “chemical castration” as a condition of parole.
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According to the bill, a judge must order that any sex crime against a child under 13 will be subject to chemical castration a month before they are due to be released from prison and placed back into society.
The Department of Public Health will be administering the testosterone-inhibiting medication regularly until a judge decides it is no longer necessary, the Washington Post reported.
The drugs being used such as medroxyprogesterone acetate will prevent perpetrators from committing similar crimes in the future. The bill, which will begin to take effect as of Sept. 1, will give inmates two options: Allow the chemical castration or return back to jail.
For those who choose the latter, they will be considered guilty of a Class C felony, which carries a 10-year prison sentence and a $15,000 fine, ABC News reported.
Alabama has not been the first state to implement such a punishment. Throughout the years, states such as California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana and Oregon all have similar pre-existing laws.
In 1984, Michigan passed a law that mandated chemical castration as a parole condition but was deemed “unlawful” by an appeals court.
Those who oppose the idea of chemical castration have argued it infringes on the individual’s Eighth Amendment and is considered “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Studies on this matter have split the academic community as some researchers have found that chemical castration does seem to curb sexual desire, while others claim it has no effect.
Steve Hurst, the Alabama state representative who sponsored the bill, defended it to those who argue it’s 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?’”