The HB 379 bill that was signed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday will force people who have taken advantage of minors under the age of 13 to pay for their own castration before they’re released from jail.
Republican State Rep. Steve Hurst introduced the bill, and it will see child wrongdoers undergo chemical castration with medicaments used to suppress their urges.
Anyone who refuses to do it will be kept in prison.
Hurst told CBS42 when explaining the reasoning behind the controversial proposal that they have marked the child for life, and the punishment should fit the crime. Some people have called him out and asked him if he thinks this is inhumane, and he asked them what’s more inhumane, this or to take advantage of an infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away.
According to him, that’s inhumane.
Hurst also claimed that the bill could deter these people from targeting children and eventually reduce the number of offenses against children taking place.
Alabama attorney Raymond Johnson is one of the people that oppose it, though, and he thinks that the existing punishments are sufficient.
He explained that they’re going to challenge it under the 8th Amendment Constitution, and they’re going to claim that it’s an unusual and cruel punishment for someone that has served their time.