A Republican State Representative from Alabama has introduced a new bill that would require sex offenders convicted of crimes against children to be castrated. In the proposed legislature, drafted by Steve Hurst, the punishment would be mandatory before certain convicted sex abusers could be released from prison.
According to the stipulation, anyone over the age of 21 who has been convicted of sexual offenses against children aged 12 or under would be required to undergo castration.
The act of castration can involve chemical or surgical procedures that essentially makes the testicles useless.
It is important to note that this means of punishment would only impact male sex offenders, and that no alternative punishment has been suggested for convicted offenders who are female.
This is not the first time Hurst has pushed for this kind of punishment, and he says that he hopes the punishment would also act as a deterrent.
“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” Hurst has said on the issue.
The bill must still be reviewed by a judiciary committee before it can be put forward to the Alabama House and Senate.
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