MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — An Alabama lawmaker has a plan to permanently and physically punish someone convicted of certain sex offenses against children.
The bill, known as HB 365, would require sex offenders over the age of 21 who committed sex offenses against children 12 years old and younger to be surgically castrated before they leave prison.
The bill was introduced by State Representative Steve Hurst, R-Calhoun County.
“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” Hurst said.
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?” Hurst said. “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 hopes 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,” Hurst said.
Residents have mixed emotions about it.
“Somebody that wants to mess with a little girl or little boy that age should be castrated, and they should not be able to mess with any other kids,” Keith Dison said.
“I understand prison and going to prison for a long time for some kind of crime like that, but to physical mutilate someone…that’s a little out there…it’s crazy,” Jessica George said.
The bill would have to pass the judiciary committee before it is heard by the Alabama House and Senate.
This story originally appeared on WIAT.com