Child sex offenders will now have to undergo chemical castration in Alabama before being allowed to go on parole. Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey signed this law on Monday. The law requires sex offenders whose victims are below the age of 13 to start receiving chemical castration treatment a month before they are released from custody.
While the convicts will be the ones to pay for this treatment, they won’t be denied parole if they are unable to foot the bill but will be violating the parole and forcefully remanded if they decide to stop receiving the treatment.
Chemical castration, according to the legislation involves “the receiving of medication, including, but not limited to, medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment or its chemical equivalent, that, among other things, reduces, inhibits, or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones, or other chemicals in a person’s body.”
Anybody under this treatment won’t have interest in sex and will not even be able to perform sexual acts. However, the effects of this medication can be reversed once the person stops taking the drugs.
This bill was introduced by state rep Steve Hurst and approved by the Alabama legislature late last month.
“Not only did I want it to pass, but I also want to follow it on through to the future where we can try to improve it. One of the ultimate goals that I want to do is for us to track it and to make sure what medication works for what individuals,”
Said Steve Hurst.
And as Governor Ivey believed that the bill will be helpful in “protecting children in Alabama,” she signed it into law.
However, not everyone thinks that law will be as effective or be of any good. The bill’s state Senate sponsor Senator Cam Ward for one, said people convicted of child sex offenses are rarely ever up for parole, so the law may not be frequently applied.
And several critics are saying forcefully injecting medical substances into people’s body violates human rights.