VIA| Alabama State Rep. Steve Hurst’s proposed law would make the castration process more painful for those who are convicted of certain sex offenses.
The Republican’s H.B. 365 would require that sex offenders over the age of 21 convicted of molesting a child under the age of 12 be forced to pay financially for their own castration.
Some are opposed, calling it inhumane.
“I asked them what’s more inhumane than when you take a little infant child, and you sexually molest that infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away, and they have to go through all the things they have to go through. If you want to talk about inhumane — that’s inhumane,” Hurst responded.
Many convicted of a crime end up living off the government anyway, so the “payment” for the castration process would simply end up being less of a payment that government gives to the criminal for being unable to find employment.
Sadly, many of those who are chemically (or otherwise) castrated after such crimes repeat them anyway; castration is a punishment, certainly, but it’s apparently not much of a deterrent against recidivism.
On the other hand, Hurst’s bill is a possible pathway to force those who live off of government to experience what it’s like to sacrifice the same way taxpayers do.
That would be something, anyway.