A controversial bill would add Oklahoma to the short list of states that have authorized chemical castration as an acceptable condition of release for convicted sex offenders. Republican Rep. Rick West is sponsoring the bill at the behest of a constituent, the Associated Press reports.
What's happening: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey last week signed a bill into law that will require criminals found guilty of some sex crimes against children to undergo chemical castration before they are granted parole. Chemical castration involves using medication to lower a person's hormone levels and limit their libido.
A new bill requires anyone convicted of sexually abusing a person 13 or younger to be given testosterone-reducing medication before their release from prison. On Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a controversial bill requiring that sex offenders in her state who are convicted of molesting a child — defined under Alabama law as anyone under the age of 13 — be chemically castrated as a condition of their release from prison.
Following a horrific act of sexual violence against a year-old girl, the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, recently signed a decree into law, which, among other things, authorised the death penalty for convicted child sex offenders, and also the use of chemical castration of such offenders. The main justification cited by Widodo was that castration would act as a deterrent. But how do such interventions fit in the criminal justice system?
The new law will mean that those who abused children under the age of 13 will be injected with hormone-blocking drugs before leaving prison. The medication will have to be administered until a judge, not a doctor, deemed it no longer necessary. A similar bill was proposed last year in Oklahoma but met strong opposition.
O n Monday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a bill allowing the state to chemically castrate certain sex offenders as a condition of parole. Supporters say that doing so would artificially lower the testosterone of offenders who abused children under the age of 13, inhibiting their sex drive and help prevent them from committing further sex crimes. Understanding the constitutionality of the new law, H.
Virginia state Sen. Emmett Hanger is pushing a measure that would allow for the castration of sex offenders. The controversial proposal passed the Virginia General Assembly four years ago, but then- Governor Tim Kaine vetoed it. The bill would require the state to study the use of physical castration as an alternative to civil commitment for those deemed sexually violent predators.
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said it's a start, "If you have been convicted in a court of law for sexually abusing someone under the age of 13, then you should be subject to anything possible to prevent you from doing that again to a child. The law taking effect September 1st in Alabama, legalizes chemical castration for people convicted of sex crimes against a child under the age of 13, if they're granted parole. Convicted sex offenders who fit this guideline will begin the chemical castration treatment a month before they are released from prison.
Chemical castration is castration via anaphrodisiac drugswhether to reduce libido and sexual activity, to treat canceror otherwise. Unlike surgical castrationwhere the gonads are removed through an incision in the body,  chemical castration does not remove organs, nor is it a form of sterilization. In MayThe New York Times reported that a number of countries use chemical castration on sex offendersoften in return for reduced sentences.