There are more shows based on life behind bars than ever before. Because of this fact more people are aware of what happens to child offenders who go to prison. In most cases they’re put into solitary confinement where they are kept in their cell for most of the day with no outside contact. When there is outside contact, it is engrossed in fear, as inmates who serve out sentences for offenses against children, especially s*xual offenses, are constantly hunted and are eventually beat up severely, sometimes fatally.
One Alabama lawmaker is under the impression that the experiences that inmates who are in prison for child offenses have to undergo is not enough, and has proposed a bill for the 2014 legislative session that would further punish convicted child predators prior to their being released from prison, as reported by MyFoxPhilly.com. The lawmaker is Republican Rep. Steve Hurst.
If child predators thought their being caught could not get any worse, they would be smart to think again. If the bill were to pass, convicted s*x offenders over the age of 21, who abused victims under the age of 12, would be castrated. The bill also reads that offenders would be expected to finance their own castration.
In an interview with Fox10, Rep. Hurst said his mission to push for tougher s*x offender laws came about after his learning the story of a one-year-old boy who had endured s*xual torture and abuse by his own father. He recognizes that his bill will be seen as controversial.
“I know I have people that say that this is inhumane,” said Hurst. ”The way I look at this is – what is inhumane is to molest a child, especially an infant. That’s inhumane.” Hurst went on to say that weak punishment of offenders is another way of telling them to re-offend.
Hurst is not the only person with this type of thinking.
“If you know what the consequences are and you still go and do it anyways — either you’re just crazy or asking for it,” said one woman.
Alabama has a disturbing 11,000 registered s*x offenders within the state. Despite the staggering numbers, some citizens still feel that the bill is unconstitutional.
“Do they deserve it? Yes,” said one man. “Should it happen? I don’t know.”
Another woman said, “It’s a little too far. But if they hurt my son I would want that to happen too.”
Hurst explained that the bill will hold women just as accountable as men. He said that female s*x offenders will also have to undergo surgery.