Should child sex offenders be surgically castrated?

Should child sex offenders be surgically castrated?

We're three months from the start of the legislative session, but that hasn't stopped Representative Steve Hurst from pre-filing a bill that's already raising a few eye brows. He’s trying once again to pass a law that would require some sex offenders to be castrated upon release from prison.

There are more than 11,000 sex offenders registered with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. In attempts to prevent repeat offenders and keep kids safe Representative Steve Hurst of Munford is pushing a bill he's attempted before. He wants sex offenders who are 21 years and older who commit a sex act on a child 12 and under to be surgically castrated. Diana Brown opposes the idea. "I think it's inhumane. Maybe there's some type of medication out there that can control their urges, but I don't agree with mutation. "

After hearing about a one year old little boy being molested by his father, Hurst said he knew he had to do something. People like NarKeith Jackson support Hurst efforts to protect children."When it comes to hurting children I would say I will support the bill. I don't think any child should be hurt or damaged as a kid. "

Texas is the only state that allows certain repeat offenders to be surgical castrated. While states like California, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana, only allow chemical castration Charles Atkins supports chemical castration, but not surgical castration. "I don't think we have the authority or the spiritual right to alter somebody's body for some ill deed.”

Representative Hurst said chemical castration won’t work and that's why he's pushing for certain sex offenders to have the surgery at their expense, upon release from prison. “Chemical castration, doesn’t really take it from their mind. You take an ankle bracelet, what does that tell you? Does it tell you what they're doing? No, it just tells you where they are. I just feel like this is something we really need to do something about,” continued Hurst.

He said he didn’t understand how people can consider the castration of a child sex offender as inhumane."I don't know what’s more inhumane than the assault on an infant child. I don't know what's more torturous than the assault on an infant child. "

Hurst pushed a similar bil, during the last legislative session, but it didn't make it out of committee. He said he feels confident that this time around the bill will pick up steam. He already has support from both senate and house members.

The next legislative session begins January 14, 2014.

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