I am thankful every day that I don’t live in Alabama.
Recently Alabama has been told by the DOJ that they will be sued by the Federal Government if they don’t immediately improve the horrific conditions in their prisons. They recently moved to make the executive director of the Parole board a political appointee, and now they are on the brink of approving mandatory judicially applied chemical castration for people convicted of sex offenses.
What a crazy idea. Notice they are not asking for medical professionals to make the case for chemical castration, they are asking judges to apply it as a mandatory condition of parole and probation.
One of the people quoted in the article below put it best:
“It seems more like a symbolic gesture that may actually undermine public safety as opposed to a measure that would actually promote it.”
This is frequently the case with regressive criminal justice legislation, but only in Alabama, South Carolina, or Florida (I hope) could such a bill make it to the governor’s desk (SMH).