Alabama chemical castration bill is signed into law…
Okay, I have to admit that this law is frightening in more ways than one. CNN has reported that Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed a bill into law that will place more than criminal incarceration upon convicted pedophiles. Those who are convicted against children under the age of 13 to begin chemical castration a month before being released from custody. But, has anything brought up to help confirm that their conviction was true? What if there was a false conviction made?
So, this law requires criminals convicted of such offenses to continue treatments until the court decides this treatment is no longer necessary. Additionally, offenders must pay for the treatment, and they can’t be denied parole solely based on an inability to pay. “This bill is a step toward protecting children in Alabama,” Governor Ivey said.
Now, this was passed smoothly through the Alabama legislature after its initial presentation. Something about this almost sounds like a horrible science fiction novel. Chemical castration involves administering tablets or injections to remove sexual desire and make it impossible for a person to perform sexual acts. If the person stops taking the drug the effects can be reversed.
Several states have versions of chemical castration in their laws, although in other locations this is offered as an alternative option upon conviction. According to the law, if a given offender chooses to stop receiving the treatment, they will be in violation of parole and forced to return to custody. The use of chemical castration is internationally controversial, and critics say forced chemical castration violates human rights.
With this lifelong overriding of personal choices, are we taking away certain individual rights within the United States? Taking away constitutional rights? Would the death penalty be just as well addressed for these individuals?