Charlie Buttrey

June 16, 2019

In 2012, the former Soviet republic of Moldova passed a law mandating chemical castration for child sex offenders. It was repealed the following year after that country’s constitutional court ruled that the practice was a “violation of fundamental human rights.”

That didn’t stop Alabama from passing a similar law last week. In fairness to the Yellowhammer State (I had to look that up), Alabama is not the only state with a chemical-castration-for-sex-offenders law.

I don’t know if the practice has been challenged on Eighth Amendment grounds (that’s the one that prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment”), but one has to wonder whether the law is both effective and wise, which should be the standard of any piece of legislation.

 

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