Chemical castration bill awaiting Ala. governor’s signature

Published: Jun. 5, 2019 at 3:26 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - There’s a bill on Governor Kay Ivey’s desk that would require convicted sex offenders on parole to undergo chemical castration.

Republican State Representative Steve Hurst of Talladega County says this bill, HB 379, will save children’s lives.

He says passing a bill like this has been a goal of his for almost 15 years.

The bill says a person convicted of a sex offense involving a child under 13, who is eligible for parole, will be required to undergo chemical castration.

It would require the Department of Public Health to administer the treatment, which would reduce the production of testosterone or other hormones in the body.

“I’d prefer it be surgical, because the way I look at it, if they’re going to mark these children for life, they need to be marked for life. My preference would be, if someone does a small infant child like that, they need to die. God’s going to deal with them one day,” said Representative Hurst.

A person required to undergo the chemical castration must begin the treatment no less than one month prior to their release from custody, and must continue treatment until the court determine it’s no longer necessary.

Representative Hurst says Governor Ivey hasn’t indicated whether she’ll sign the bill.

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