Paedophiles will now be chemically castrated by law in Alabama

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 12, 2019

Alabama has a new law that requires some sex offenders to undergo what's known as "chemical castration". It requires convicted sex offenders whose victims are younger than 13 to undergo the procedure as a condition of their parole.

This photograph released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala.

Chemical castration involves injection of medication that blocks testosterone production.

Under the Alabama law, chemical castration treatment is planned to start a month before an inmate is set to be released from prison, and will continue until the court decides it is no longer necessary, according to the bill. Offenders will also be required to pay for the treatment unless they can not afford it.

Governor Kay Ivey signing into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act.

As the Washington Post explained in an article last week, "An offender could choose to stop getting the medication and return to prison to serve the remainder of their term".

The bill was introduced by Steve Hurst, a Republican representing Calhoun County, who claimed that the law should be taken further and offenders should be permanently castrated through surgery. Although offenders must pay for their own chemical castration, but they can not be denied parole for their inability to afford the procedure.

In case a convict stops receiving the treatment without the consent of the court, they will be in violation of parole and will be forced to return to custody.

"It's not clear that this actually has any effect and whether it's even medically proven", Marshall said. California passed a chemical castration bill in the 1990s for repeat child sex offenders, and a similar law exists in other states including Florida, Louisiana, Montana and Oregon.

"I worry about any precedent that allows the state to use health care as a form of punishment", Donovan said.

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