Alabama rep’s modest proposal for punishing child rapists

Alabama rep’s modest proposal for punishing child rapists
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The question is often raised as to what is the proper punishment for sex offenders, especially those that molest, assault and rape children. Regardless of how long the offenders spend in prison, there is always the chance that they will repeat and violate another child after their release from prison.

Some experts say that the rate of recidivism is lower than most people think, but other reports indicate otherwise. In 2002, the Department of Justice released a study on recidivism of 272,111 prisoners released from prison in 15 states. Within 3 years from being released, 67.5% of prisoners had been rearrested and 46.9% were reconvicted. Of the 21,638 prisoners that had been charged with rape that were released from prison, 2,625 (12%) were rearrested within three years of their release. Another 22,778 prisoners were released after serving their sentences for other sexual assault. Of those 3,483 (15%) were rearrested within 3 years of their release.

Do you think these are acceptable odds?…

Alabama State Representative Steve Hurst (R-Calhoun County) doesn’t think so which is why he has re-introduced HB 365 into the state legislature. The bill calls for mandatory castration of sex offenders over the age of 21 who victimized a child of 12 years of age or younger. According to the bill, the convicted sex offender or rapist would be surgically castrated before being released from prison.

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