Alabama State Representative Steve Hurst (R-AL) is once again pressing forward with an attempt to stiffen the penalties on criminals who sexually molest anyone under 12-years of age.
Rep. Hurst just introduced HB365, which would require, as a condition of release from prison, that convicted child sex offenders would be “surgically castrated” at their own expense!
Here’s the pertinent text from the Bill:
Relating to punishment of sex offenders; to provide 24 that any person over the age of 21 years who is convicted of 25 certain sex offenses against a child 12 years of age or 26 younger would be surgically castrated before his or her 27 release from the custody of the Department of Corrections; and Page 1 1 to require the cost of the procedure to be paid by the adult 2 criminal sex offender.
He said the bill will be for sex offenders over the age of 21 that committed sex offenses against children 12 years old and younger.
“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” said Hurst.
This is not Hurst’s first time introducing the bill.
“I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said don’t you think this is 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,” said Hurst.
Hurst is hoping this would make sex offenders think twice.
“If we do something of this nature it would deter something like this happening again in Alabama and maybe reduce the numbers,” said Hurst.
The bill is causing quite a stir in Alabama (as you’d imagine), where citizens understand the reasons for the bill, but don’t seem sure that this kind of “justice” is the right way to go. What do you think about Rep. Hurst’s plan to punish Alabama’s worst and most disgusting criminals?