Alabama state legislature passed a bill that will now require convicted child sex offenders to undergo chemical castration before being released from any type of prison or penitentiary. The bill has passed the initial process and now waits for the final authorization and signature from Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey.
The bill will be officially named HB-379, and was formally introduced by Republican Rep. Steve Hurst. Via WIAT-TV.
Under the terms of the new supposed law, the offender will be required to pay for the consequential procedure, but also stating that the bill will “prohibit a person from being denied parole because of indigency.” Via The Hill.
HB 379 states:
“Under existing law, certain criminal offenses are classified as sex offenses. A conviction for a sex offense against a person under the age of 12 years is a sex offense involving a child. Under existing law, a person convicted of a sex offense involving a child which constitutes a Class A or B felony is not eligible for parole.”
“This bill would provide that a person convicted of a sex offense involving a person under the age of 13 years who is eligible for parole, as a condition of parole, shall be required to undergo chemical castration treatment in addition to any other penalty or condition prescribed by law."
Alabama State Rep. Steve Hurst spoke to WIAT about some specifics of the legislation, believing the obvious consequences of the proposed bill would deter people from actually committing a sexual based crime against children in the state of Alabama. Via The Hill.
"I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said, 'don't you think this is inhumane?'” Hurst said of the bill. “I asked them what's more inhumane than when you take a little infant child, and you sexually molest that infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away, and they have to go through all the things they have to go through. If you want to talk about inhumane--that's inhumane.”
"They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime," Rep. Hurst concluded.
If HB-379 is officially accepted into law with the final signature from Gov. Ivey, the bill will be taken into effect on the first day of the third month following passage and approval. Via The Hill.