Chemical castration bill signed into law


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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a controversial bill that requires chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders before they are released from prison. Offenders will also be required to pay for the treatment unless they can not afford it.

Ivey, a Republican serving as the 54th governor of Alabama since 2017, has made no public statement on the measure and it was not known if she supported it until yesterday, which was the last day she could sign the bill.

The bill would require some sex offenders to take "medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment or its chemical equivalent, that, among other things, reduces, inhibits, or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones, or other chemicals in a person's body".

In case a convict stops receiving the treatment without the consent of the court, they will be in violation of parole and will be forced to return to custody.

It would continue until a court decides a parolee can stop undergoing the procedure.

According to the Associated Press, the castration would occur before their parole.

Seven states, including Louisiana, Montana, California and Florida, have chemical castration laws on the books.

Some studies show offenders who undergo chemical castration have a lower recidivism rate than those without it.

Yes, once a person stops taking the medication.

Critics of mandated chemical castration, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) say it is a violation of the Eighth Amendment's ban of "cruel and unusual punishment".

"This kind of punishment for crimes is something that has been around throughout history, but as we've gotten more enlightened in criminal justice we've gotten away from this kind of retribution", Marshall said, adding that there likely won't be a legal challenge to the law until it is "actually implemented and ordered by a judge".

"I argued and debated this particular bill because I felt that it was far-reaching to the extreme", said State Rep. Juandalynn Givan, (D) Birmingham".

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