via Truth and Action: “Off with your……” says Alabama State Representative Steve Hurst (R, 35th District, Calhoun County) to convicted sex offenders over the age of 20 and who have molested anyone under the age of 12 years of age. His bill would require “surgical castration” and paid for by the offender.
Many on the left will scream that this is cruel and unusual, but Hurst is concerned for the child and has said, “They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime.”
The bill should act as a deterrent to this type of crime, Hurst believes, and his constituents have asked for such a bill to be passed.
This however is not the first time he has introduced this kind of bill, for this type of atrocious crime. In the past few years, he has introduced this legislation three times. Perhaps this time he can garner enough support to get it passed. Alabama would not be the first state to have a form of castration for sex offenders.
Read what other states have castration on the books, on the next page.
What is cruel and unusual punishment? The sexual molestation of a child, resulting in a lifetime of healing, or the castration of the convicted sex offender?
Alabama State Representative Steve Hurst (R, 35th District, Calhoun County) has again introduced a bill that would make the punishment fit the crime. He “introduced HB 365, which would mandate that as a condition for release from jail, convicted sexoffenders who were over 20 years of age during the offense and who molested anyone 12 years or younger would be “surgically castrated” with the cost of the operation to be paid by the offender.”
“I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said don’t you think this is inhumane? 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,” Hurst insisted.
There are states which have paved the way for this type of crime fitting punishment, having chemical castration laws on the books. The list includes: Florida, California, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin.
The Alabama bill would have to pass through the House judiciary committee before being sent onto the House and Senate for a vote.