The Legislature of the state of Alabama, in the southern US, has approved a bill that requires chemical castration for convicted pedophiles, US media reported Tuesday.
“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,” the bill reads.
The project is now in the hands of the governor, the Republican Kay Ivey, who must decide whether to ratify it or not.
If ratified, the law will come into force three months after signing.
The text requires chemical castration for pedophiles convicted of sexual crimes with children 13 years of age or younger.
The bill also defines the chemical castration, saying it is, “including, but not limited to, medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment or its chemical equivalent, that, among other things, reduces, inhibits, or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones, or other chemicals in a person’s body.”
Chemical castration does not involve the surgical removal of genitals.
It is a requirement to undergo chemical castration in order to get out of jail once the offenders sentence is completed.
If the person refuses, he risks being imprisoned again.
The sponsor of the bill, Republican Congressman Steve Hurst, said the measure “may reduce the numbers” of sexual abuse of minors in the state.
“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” the legislator said in an interview with WIAT television, a local subsidiary of CBS.
A dozen states in the US contemplate chemical castration for pedophiles or others convicted of sexual crimes.
California was the first state to approve in 1996 chemical castration for pedophiles with certain sexual offenses with children 13 years of age or younger, such as rape or sodomy.
The states of Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin also have similar measures.