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.
Alabama lawmakers passed legislation this week that would require some convicted child sex offenders to undergo chemical castration before leaving prison. Chemical castration is castration via continual injections of specific drugs such as medroxyprogesterone, which reduces libido and sexual activity by blocking the production of testosterone and other hormones. According to the legislation, the parolee would be required to pay for the cost of the treatment but the person cannot be denied parole if they are not able to pay for treatment.
The bill, HBwhich passed unanimously in the state Senate on Tuesday, requires convicted offenders who abused a child under the age of 13 to take drugs, such as medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment, that block the production of testosterone, as well as other naturally occurring hormones and chemicals in the body that drive libido, as a condition for parole. The offender will also be required to pay for the treatment unless they cannot afford it. The bill still needs to be signed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to become law.
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. The former Soviet republic of Moldova also passed a law mandating chemical castration for child sex offenders, in
Alabama has joined several other American states in requiring sex offenders to be chemically castrated when they are released from prison. Governor Kay Ivey signed House Bill this week. The new law applies to men over 21 who have molested children under the age of
For the first time in Asia, in JulyKorea introduced using chemical castration on sexual offenders. Under the current law, perpetrators of sexual crimes against minors aged less than 16 yr are subject to chemical castration. There have been growing calls for tougher punishment against sexual offenders and stronger preventive measures in the aftermath of a series of violent crimes victimizing women and children.
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The medical procedure is understood to suppress sexual urges and stop them from re-offending - but how does it work and how common is it? Chemical castration is the use of "anaphrodisiac" drugs to lower sexual desire and libido, with minimum treatment lasting three to five years. It has been trialled in Sweden, Denmark and Canada with evidence from Scandinavia suggesting it can cut re-offending rates from 40 percent to 5 percent.
The measure, passed by the Legislature, says a judge must order anyone convicted of a sex offence involving a child under the age of 13 to start receiving testosterone-inhibiting medication a month before release from prison. Most offenders would have to pay for the treatment, which would be administered by the Department of Public Health, until a judge decides the medication is no longer necessary. Under the proposed law, a judge — and not a doctor — would tell the offender about the effects of the treatment.