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July 22, 2005

Alabama proposes mandatory castration of sex offender

From The Birmingham News...

The House passed a bill Thursday that would require mandatory castration of people convicted of violent sex crimes against children under 12 and would require them to wear electronic monitoring devices for the rest of their lives after release from prison.

The House, during more than three hours of debate, heavily amended the legislation proposed by Gov. Bob Riley and Attorney General Troy King. The House bill would prevent all convicted sex offenders from working or loitering within 500 feet of a school, park or business that educates or entertains children. The bill passed the House 96-0.

I'm all for tougher laws against sex-offenders as long as the courts will take their sentencing more seriously. Am Illinois man, this month, was convicted of attempted kidnapping and child abduction and forced to register as a sex-offender because he grabbed a girl's arm who was playing in traffic. If they're going to not take the title “sex offender” more serious than that, then tougher laws just add to the injustice.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 22, 2005 09:29 AM

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