Alabama approves chemical castration for some sex offenders

Alabama approves chemical castration for some sex offenders

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law legislation that would require certain sex offenders to be chemically castrated before their parole. The bill is to take effect later this year. The measure applies to sex offenders convicted of certain crimes involving children younger than 13. The bill applies to those who commit their crimes after September 1, 2019.

Simone
Simone
Biased comment
Biased comment 8 months

At first I was against this but after more research. I think i've changed my mind. Chemical castration isn't the best term for this. It's more like hormonal therapy that can reduce sperm count. Its almost like male birth control. It's temporary and designed to reduce their testosterone and thus their sexual desire should be deminished. This in addition to the fact that it will only be considered on those who's victims are under 13 helps to. That way an 18 yr old cant get this punishment because of a false accusation by his ex girlfriend that's 16 or something.

Avewarrior
Avewarrior 8 months

holy crap I see an almost 50-50 split in the comments. points for- -crime is super heinous -crime has permanent effects on child points against- -bodily harm should never be a punishment -double standard; what about female offenders feel free to add to either list (it is nowhere near complete

Jackie
Jackie 8 months

Wow. I didnt expect to feel so conflicted reading the news. On one hand, this is probably the best treatment I've heard of for Male sex offenders to stop future crimes. it seems to reduce recidivism by 90% when combined with therapeutic treatment (which this law doesn't consider). https://www.researchgate.net/publication/41000727_Chemical_castration_for_sex_offenders On the other hand, I feel like it crosses a line of personal liberty and body autonomy that i dont like at all. this should be a voluntary process, perhaps with a touch of leniency given to those willing to undertake it. I'm not saying it should mitigate jail time, but perhaps make conditions of parole less intensive as long as they stay on the treatment. theres another thing I dont like about the bill, and that's that the meds cost $1000 a month in some cases and considering that is an ex-con how will they possibly pay for that? that's like advocating for a poverty sentance, and that's a bit much. so, I'm for the treatment but against the implementation of this law, but I still feel a little shakey on it all... change my mind?

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