A new bill in Tennessee would require anyone convicted of engaging in sexual acts with someone under 13 to be legally castrated.
Tennessee – Sex offenders in Tennessee may want to think twice before offending, especially if a law introduced by Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) gets signed into law.
Under the bill Griffey introduced, anyone convicted of sexual offenses against minors under the age of 13 would be required to undergo “chemical castration.” Ouch!
The bill defines chemical castration “treatment” as receiving medication that “reduces, inhibits or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones or other chemicals in a person’s body.”
A person required to undergo chemical castration treatment shall begin the treatment not less than one (1) month prior to being released from custody of the department of correction and shall continue receiving treatment until the sentencing court determines the treatment is no longer necessary. The department of health shall administer the treatment.
The person shall pay for all of the costs associated with the chemical castration treatment. The cost of the treatment is in addition to any fine, court costs, restitution, or costs of supervision. A person may not be denied parole based solely on the person’s inability to pay for the costs associated with the treatment required by this section.
Under the bill, the offender could stop the treatments at any time, but such would constitute “a violation of the person’s parole and the person shall be immediately remanded to the custody of the department of correction for the remainder of the person’s sentence,” the bill further states.
Griffey’s bill would mandate a medical professional to inform the individual who undergoes the chemical castration of any potential side effects. The bill currently does not have a senate sponsor.
There are already several other states that have laws allowing physical or chemical castration of some sex offenders, such as California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Texas and Wisconsin.
The executive director of the Alabama chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union believes that the law in that state violates the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
The bill in Alabama, which was introduced by Republican state rep. Steve Hurst is the same as the one in Tennessee.
Hurst said the purpose of the law was to reduce the number of sex crimes committed against children by making offenders think twice. I would say mission accomplished.
“If we do something of this nature it would deter something like this happening again in Alabama and maybe reduce the numbers,” he said.
“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.”
There is a difference between physical or surgical castration and chemical castration. In the former, it involves the actual severing of one’s genitals—chemical castration uses drugs to suppress sexual urges.
Meanwhile in New York, lawmakers have passed a bill that keeps these very kinds of people out from behind bars while they await trial.
As LET previously reported, the New York state legislature passed a series of laws at the end of 2019 with the goal of reducing “mass incarceration” and fixing so-called “unfairness” in the criminal justice system.
These laws require judges to release people who are charged with misdemeanors and “nonviolent’ felonies without bail, and issue an appearance ticket, tantamount to a traffic citation. In addition, prosecutors need to provide all evidence to be used in the case to defense attorneys within 15 days.
The law also requires that anyone currently incarcerated who is being held on said misdemeanors and “non-violent” felonies must be released when the law goes into effect. It’s kind of like a Monopoly “get out of jail free” card.
Criticism of the new measures has been far and wide, ranging from police officers to prosecutors, town and city officials, and mostly Republican legislators. One Democrat, however, has been particularly vocal in his opposition to the new regulations.
“We can and we must ensure our justice system is fair and maintains our public safety—but the fact is with the bail and discovery reforms Albany went too far, too fast,” Rose said in a statement.
“That’s why I’m joining law enforcement and bipartisan colleagues from across the state in calling for quick action in Albany to ensure the safety of our communities—and especially the victims of these crimes—are not put in jeopardy.”
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As a US Congressman, Rose has no jurisdiction over the state’s criminal justice system. However Rose joined three other Republican Congressmen—Tom Reed, Peter King and Elise Stefanik—in expressing concerns over the reforms in a written letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“While we agree criminal justice reform has long been needed around the country, New York State’s new soft-on-crime bail laws, which will let dangerous criminals roam free, endanger their victims and hamstring the authorities who want to hold them accountable, this is not the answer,” the congressmen said in a letter.
- Second-degree manslaughter
- Aggravated vehicular assault
- Third-degree assault
- Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child
- Possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child
- Promoting a sexual performance by a child
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Making terroristic threats
- Criminally negligent homicide
- Aggravated vehicular homicide
Non-violent crimes? Recently a suspect in Warren County New York was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter. He allegedly struck a bystander while leading police on a high-speed chase. He is currently in jail awaiting trial however in January, he will be a free man when the new bail guidelines go into effect.
Criminals have gotten so bold as to thank Cuomo for signing the “jailbreak” legislation, according to the New York Daily News. “Cuomo for president!” the accused drug dealer shouted in Spanish. The man allegedly had caused the death of a man who overdosed on drugs sold to him by the dealer’s crew.
This nonsensical “reform” movement has not been restricted to New York. On a federal level, the First Step Act that was signed into law by President Trump has freed hundreds of criminals charged with sex crimes, nearly 60 convicted murderers and assailants, and almost 1,000 individuals charged with drug crimes.
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