The laws surrounding s*x-related crimes have often been quite controversial. While some are seen as too extreme, others are considered as too lenient.
Alabama has seen several molestation cases over the past few years. According to some statistics, there has been a 20 percent increase in pedophilia and other s*x offenses in this state.
Because of this, the state declared that criminals found guilty of pedophilia would go through chemical castration. The state announced that this law also applies to people who will get parole.
Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey signed the legislation.
However, there is a slight twist – this law will only apply to s*x offenders who commit crimes against children below the age of thirteen.
It created quite a bit of controversy as a large number of victims in this state fall between the ages of 12 and 17.
How Does Chemical Castration Work?
Contrary to what it may seem, chemical castration is quite a straightforward process. Doctors administer an antiandrogen inside the criminal’s body through an injection.
The chemical significantly reduces a person’s libido, diminishing their chances of repeating the crime.
The process is not as brutal as surgical castration, in which doctors remove the perpetrator’s s*xual organs. Surgical castration significantly diminishes their quality of life and often causes death.
Chemical castration, on the other hand, only impacts the recipient’s libido, allowing them to continue other activities without much trouble. So far, there haven’t been any deaths caused by this form of castration.
Were There Any Critics?
As one would expect, the bill had a fair amount of critics. Most of them claimed that the law is unconstitutional as it violates a person’s freedom from unusual and cruel punishment.
Famed attorney Raymond Johnson stated that he expects people to challenge this law under the eighth Amendment Constitution.
He also knows that people will claim that the punishment is too cruel for felons who will already serve time for the remainder of their lives.
Steve Hurst, a Republican congressman, said that the punishment fits the offense.
He received several phone calls from people asking him to reconsider his decision.
Their gripe with this decision was that they thought it was too inhumane.
The congressman did not think so. He said that it is a just punishment considering the lifelong trauma the victims have to face because of the offense.
Steve believes that chemically castrating someone would prevent crimes like these from happening again. He hopes to see a significant reduction in numbers.
That said, this practice is only legal in a select few states.
Surprisingly, there have been very few occasions where these states went through with this punishment.
In most cases, the offender’s lawyers come up with legal loopholes saving their client from this process.
However, they will not be able to get offenders off the hook after this law passes. It states that every prisoner who fits the criteria will be subject to chemical castration.
The First State To Introduce Chemical Castration
California was the first state to mandate chemical castration for s*x offenders.
It passed the law in 1996, and a few years later, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida passed similar legislation.
That said, the guidelines surrounding these laws were quite loose. And as discussed earlier, authorities rarely enforced this punishment, even if the victims of these s*x-related crimes were children.