It’s not very often a member of the Grand Old Party does something Mr. John likes, but this is one of those times. State Rep. Steve Hurst has (re)introduced legislation that would require those who have been convicted of sex crimes in which the victim was 12 years or younger when the crime was committed, and the offender over 21, be surgically castrated—AND PAY FOR the procedure before they are released!
As someone who is not exactly a fan of those who would impose their sick will on children, I fully endorse his efforts. Nine states currently have chemical castration punishments on the books, but Hurst’s idea just resonates with me. You see, chemical castrations are reversible as someone stops taking the drug. The damage done to a child, the life of torment, is not. While chemical castrations have been proven to reduce the likelihood of reoffending, one can imagine that the chances would be dramatically lessened even by comparison through surgical castration. We can’t pretend that jail time is enough of a punishment.
It is not likely that Mr. Hurst’s legislation will go far, though. He introduced the same last year, and it did not make it out of committee.