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USAlabama governor signs chemical castration for child sex offenders bill

18:51  11 june  2019
18:51  11 june  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Alabama passes bill requiring chemical castration for certain child molesters

Alabama passes bill requiring chemical castration for certain child molesters An Alabama measure that would require certain child sex offenders to undergo chemical castration before being released from prison is awaiting the governor's signature. The bill, known as HB 379, was introduced by Republican state Rep. Steve Hurst and targets child sex offenders whose offenses involve anyone under 13, according to the legislation. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

A bill that will require the chemical castration of some sex offenders in Alabama as a stipulation for parole has been signed by the state's governor . The bill affects criminals who commit sex crimes against children age 13 and younger, requiring they undergo the process before they are released

Alabama legislature passes bill requiring child sex offenders to undergo chemical castration before being released. Steve Hurst is a Republican Alabama state lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill that would require child sex offenders to be chemically castrated before their release from prison.

Alabama governor signs chemical castration for child sex offenders bill© Blake Paterson/AP, FILE Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to the press in Montgomery, Ala., May 15, 2019.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a controversial bill that requires chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders before they are released from prison.

The bill, HB 379, requires convicted offenders who abused a child under the age of 13 to take drugs -- such as medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment, that block the production of testosterone as well as other naturally occurring hormones and chemicals in the body that drive libido -- as a condition for parole. Offenders will also be required to pay for the treatment unless they cannot afford it.

Alabama considering chemical castration for child molesters

Alabama considering chemical castration for child molesters Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill that would require pedophiles to undergo chemical castration as a condition of their parole . If Gov. Kay Ivey decides to sign the bill into law, it would apply to people over the age of 21 who have been convicted of sexually assaulting minors, CBS affiliate WIAT-TV reports. Republican state Rep. Steve Hurst introduced the bill, which is known as HB 379. Hurst said convicted pedophiles "have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC/Gray News) - There’s a bill on Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk that would require convicted sex offenders on parole to undergo chemical castration . Republican State Rep. Steve Hurst of Talladega County said this bill , HB 379, will save children ’s lives.

Ball says if Governor Kay Ivey does sign the bill Monday, the commission would start their research, and in a year people can expect legislative changes for medical marijuana. Alabama ’s chemical castration bill for child sex offenders could face challenges.

Alabama is not the only state to require chemical castration for sex offenders. California passed a chemical castration bill in the 1990s for repeat child sex offenders, and a similar law exists in other states including Florida, Louisiana, Montana and Oregon.

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Michigan used to have a law mandating chemical castration as a parole condition, but an appeals court in 1984 ruled it unlawful.

Texas, meanwhile, has a law that stipulates an orchiectomy cannot be a condition for parole, and the inmate must request the procedure for it to be performed.

Alabama governor signs chemical castration for child sex offenders bill© Julie Bennett/Getty Images, FILE The Alabama State Capitol stands on May 15, 2019 in Montgomery, Ala.

Under the Alabama law, chemical castration treatment is planned to start a month before an inmate is set to be released from prison, and will continue until the court decides it is no longer necessary, according to the bill.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs chemical castration bill into law

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs chemical castration bill into law Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed a bill into law that requires someone convicted of a sex offense against a child under the age of 13 to begin chemical castration a month before being released from custody. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The law requires individuals convicted of such an offense to continue treatments until a court deems the treatment is no longer necessary.

Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill into law that requires anyone convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child under 13 years of age to Alabama House Bill 379 states individuals convicted of such acts must undergo chemical castration treatment at least a month prior to being

Alabama bill that has passed the state’s legislature and now is awaiting the governor ’s signature. The bill , HB379, would mandate so-called “ chemical castration ” as a condition for granting parole to convicted sex offenders who offended against children 13 years of age or younger.

Once released, if the parolee decides to stop receiving the treatment, they will be found in violation of their parole and immediately sent back to prison. Somestudies have found that chemical castration of sexual offenders is effective in reducing recidivism in certain cases.

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Critics of mandated chemical castration, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) say it is a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s ban of "cruel and unusual punishment".

In 1997, the ACLU openly opposed the passing both California and Florida's castration laws.

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