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Alabama Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Castrate Some Sex Offenders Before Release

| by Khier Casino

Rep. Steve Hurst of Munford, Ala., wants convicted child predators to be punished just a little bit more prior to being released from prison.

His bill, which is set to be introduced in three months for the 2014 legislative session, requires sex offenders over the age of 21 whose victims were 12 or younger to be surgically castrated before being released. Physical castration removes the testicles.

Under Hurst’s bill, the sex offender would have to put up the money for his own castration.

Hurst tried to pass another version of the same bill last year, but failed to make it out of committee.

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At least nine U.S. states, including California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin, have some sort of chemical castration mandate in their laws, CNN reported last year.

Chemical castration involves drugs, which are administered via injection or tablets, to reduce sexual activity. The effects are reversible when the person stops taking the drug.

Several countries outside of the U.S., including Argentina, Australia, Estonia, Israel, Moldova, New Zealand, Poland and Russia, also have a variety of ways to use chemical castration.

Moldova legalized the practice for convicted criminals last year. The Amnesty International called the practice of chemical castration “inhuman treatment.” Following Moldova’s legalization of the process, the group released a statement saying “any crime shall be punished in a way that abides by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Clearly, in the cases of minors raped, public opinion tilts towards harsher sentences.

Hurst explained: “At first sight, forced chemical castration could be taken as a matter-of-course decision; however, it is incompatible with human rights, which are the foundation of any civilized democratic society.”