Alabama governor OKs chemical castration for some sex offenders

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 12, 2019

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's office said Monday that the governor had signed the bill by Republican Sen.

Chemical castration involves taking medication that blocks testosterone production in order to decrease the person's sex drive.

The signed bill also extends Carly's Law that allows some patients to access CBD oil through a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Convicted offenders would be required to pay for the treatment, which would be administered by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Several states have versions of chemical castration in their laws.

Rep. Steve Hurst (R-Munford), who sponsored the legislation, said his intention was to stop sexual abuse of children.

"I'm very serious", Hurst said, according to "When the state starts experimenting on people".

Failing to continue with the treatment for any reason will be considered a parole violation, it said. "I think it's a good deterrent".

Randall Marshall of the ACLU told that he believes the law could violate the US Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishments. "I think it runs afoul of the Constitution".

But not all sex offenses are sexually motivated.

In Texas, the castration procedure can not be a condition for parole and the sex offender has to request the procedure.

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