Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs chemical castration bill

Henrietta Strickland
Июня 11, 2019

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 law requires individuals convicted of such an offense to continue treatments until a court deems the treatment is no longer necessary.

Both houses of the Alabama Legislature approved the legislation late last month, after it was put forward by state GOP Rep. Steve Hurst.

"People say this is inhumane". At least eight states allow the procedure - including California, Florida and Texas- but it is unclear how often it is used.

The process reduces, inhibits or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones and other chemicals in a person's body to reduce sexual desire and performance.

"They really misunderstand what sexual assault is about".

Randall Marshall, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, doubts its effectiveness and thinks it probably violates the ban on cruel and unusual punishment, reported.

Ivey had been mum on whether she would support the legislation until ultimately giving it her approval on Monday, the final day for which she could sign bills into law following the legislative session.

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