Lawmakers Pass Bill Mandating Chemical Castration For Child Molesters

Representative Steve Hurst introduced the legislation, which is now waiting for Governor Kay Ivey’s signature.

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama legislature has passed a bill mandating chemical castration for adult sex offenders who abuse children under the age of 13.

Under HB 379, child molesters and rapists would be required to undergo “chemical castration treatment” prior to being granted parole, and that treatment would continue “until the court determines…[it] is no longer necessary.”

Representative Steve Hurst, who introduced the bill, said that the requirement will apply to offenders over the age of 21, WIAT reported.

Perpetrators would also be responsible for the cost of treatment, unless the court finds them to be indigent.

According to University of California Berkeley law professor Frank Zimring, “chemical castration” is not literal castration, and refers to using testosterone-inhibiting drugs to diminish offenders’ sex drives, WUSA reported.

“Chemical castration is half advertising slogan, half fantasy,” Zimring explained. “There are chemicals which are supposed to, if dosages are maintained, reduce sex drives…That isn’t castration.”

The effects of the treatment can be reversed, do not result in infertility, and may not be effective in eliminating the sex drive for all offenders, The Washington Post reported.

Although parolees could elect to discontinue treatment at any time and would not be forced to participate, “such refusal shall constitute a violation of his or her parole and he or she shall be immediately remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections for the remainder of the sentence,” according to the bill.

Offenders who intentionally stop participating in treatment would also face a potential additional felony charge under the legislation, which is punishable by up to a decade in prison, The Washington Post reported.

The bill was successfully passed by lawmakers, and is currently awaiting Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s signature.

"I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said ‘don't you think this is inhumane?’” Hurst acknowledged to WIAT.

“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?” he said. “If you want to talk about inhumane - that's inhumane.”

Hurst said he hopes that the legislation will act as a deterrent, and that the number of new child sexual assault victims in Louisiana will decrease.

But attorney Raymond Johnson argued that molesting children is already an offense with serious consequences, and said that the measure will be challenged even if Ivey signs it into law.

“They're going to challenge it under the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution,” Johnson said. “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."

Wisconsin, Oregon, Montana, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and California also have laws that permit some form of chemical castration, WUSA reported.

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Yellowroselady
Yellowroselady

Women Against Registry advocates for the families who have loved ones required to register as sexual offenders. More about the issue: According to the NCMEC map there are over 912,000 men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bait-n-switch internet stings (taking sometimes 12 months before a person steps over the line) guys on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities and many others.

If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 3 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals indicate are needed for successful reintegration; a job, a place to live and a “positive” support system.

The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics – ‘Frightening and High’ (Debunks the 80% recidivism rate cited by now SCOTUS Justice Kennedy)

It is very important that you read the abstract below and then the full 12 page essay by Ira Mark and Tara Ellman. ABSTRACT This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions. This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies. Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the facts. This paper appeared in Constitutional Commentary Fall, 2015. Google: Frightening and High Essay

A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that: a) 93% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser; b) 34.2% were family members; c) 58.7% were acquaintances; d) Only 7% of the perpetrators of child victims were strangers; e) 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victim’s own home; f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University)

There is a tremendous need to fund programs like "Stop It Now" that teaches about grooming behaviors and other things at age-appropriate levels in their Circles of Safety.

Our question to the public is one of, when does redemption begin?

We support the principles of Restorative/Transformative Justice; restore the victim, restore the offender AND restore the community.

Lastly, our country is proud to be 'the incarceration nation' with 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's incarcerated.

AmyHaupert
AmyHaupert

There is no redemption for ANYONE who harms a child who is defenseless. Your mantra here in defending sexual predators, placing the responsibility on the schools to teach kids about this subject and having the delusional thinking these animals are “rehabilitative candidates” is SICK. You, are part of the problem. I say PERMANENTLY cut their nuts out or better yet, hang them from the courthouse square. THATS how some countries handle it and guess what? The number of convicted sexual offenders against children is minimal.

Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

please make this legal!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

“They're going to challenge it under the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution,” Johnson said. “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."

Do the victims ever heal? A lifetime punishment for commiting a crime that affects their victims, for a lifetime, seems legit and fair to me.

Yellowroselady
Yellowroselady

Please go back and read what I wrote above. In answer to one of the comments above yes I have a loved one that is experiencing life on the registry. I also have a sister who was sexually assaulted by our uncle when she went to visit his family in the summer. The reptilian brain always kicks in when people hear 'sex offender' or 'predator' meaning they assume the worst in every case. Do you think 912,000 men, women and children young as 6, 8 and 10 are predators?

America1st
America1st

So the parolees can choose to participate or not and it’s reversible? I don’t know but I’m thinking the “No choice here comes the knife” better.

Rayb
Rayb

Chemical casteration? Should be public casteration for the really bad ones..

TwinWrangler
TwinWrangler

Castration then a slow painful death is the only cure for a child molesters.

Yellowroselady
Yellowroselady

The intelligence level here is lacking. Maybe one of your loved ones will be convicted as 'one of them rapist or molesters as some legislators loved ones have.'

Skidoo
Skidoo

Go Alabama!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Chemical castration? Hell, castrate them like they do dogs and cats....,,permanently!

Marxest
Marxest

God help me, I actually support Chemical Castration. But if this is implemented, it should only be used equally for offenders without any sort of illegal discrimination. But to go a step further, they should also consider sterilizing some of the worst offenders as well, because some of these sex offenders are the most heinous people walking the Earth.

Bulldog
Bulldog

This is a good idea for male offenders but what about all the females that are sexual predators? How do we as a society stop thier sexual urges? Being the mother of a child that was sexually abused feel that the man who did this should have had his sexual organs removed and had a catheter surgically implanted so that he could never do it again. I feel that any man sexually abuses a child should have this done! I honestly don't have any idea how you could chemically stop a woman from sexually abusing children and I'm talking about all of the teachers that have sex with their students as well as any other female sexual predator