One Alabama lawmaker believes in poetic justice.
Rep. Steve Hurst introduced HB 365, a bill that would require convicted sex offenders to be surgically castrated upon their release from prison.
There are a couple of stipulations, though. The convicts must have been over the age of 20 during the crime and the child molested must be under the age of 13.
Also, to add insult to injury, the sex offender would be required to pay for the surgery out of pocket.
“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” Hurst said, explaining his rationale.
“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,” Hurst insisted.
He also thinks that the punishment will act as an excellent deterrent to pedophilia.
Hurst isn’t the first one to come up with that type of punishment for a sex crime. Believe it or not, Founding Father Thomas Jefferson advocated castration for homosexuals, polygamists, and rapists.
And if the sex offender was a woman, Jefferson’s law mandated that she should be punished by drilling a hole in her nose.
So when you look at it like that, Hurst is more humane.