Kay Ivey on Monday, June 10 signed a bill into law that requires someone convicted of a sex offense against a child under the age of 13 to begin chemical castration a month before being released from custody.
The treatment consists of taking medication that "reduces, inhibits or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones or other chemicals in a person's body", according to the bill.
The treatments would be administered by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
The Alabama Civil Liberties Union, which came out against against the legislation, said mandating chemical castration could violate the U.S. Constitution's 8th amendment, which forbids the use of cruel and unusual punishment.
Republican Rep. Steve Hurst had proposed the measure for more than a decade.
"I'm very serious", Hurst said. But he also said that the measure will work for those who are considered for parole. "I think it's a good deterrent". "It's about power, it's about control", said Randall Marshall, the executive director with the ACLU of Alabama. "I think it runs afoul of the Constitution".
Hurst said that victims of child abuse are affected for a lifetime, and as such, the abusers should also face lifelong consequences. Berlin explained: "There are many sex offenders who aren't driven by intense sexual urges".