Thursday, June 26, 2008

LA To Castrate Sex Offenders Baton Rouge - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Signs Chemical Castration Bill

(As absurd as this is, we must tell you that this is not a joke)

Governor Bobby Jindal today signed the Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill, SB 144, authorizing the castration of convicted sex offenders.

Governor Bobby Jindal said, “The Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill is a good bill...

SB 144 by Senators Nick Gautreaux, Amedee, Dorsey, Duplessis and Mount provides that on a first conviction of aggravated rape, forcible rape, second degree sexual battery, aggravated incest, molestation of a juvenile when the victim is under the age of 13, or an aggravated crime against nature, the court may sentence the offender to undergo chemical castration. On a second conviction of the above listed crimes, the court is required to sentence the offender to undergo chemical castration.

This bill also provides that a court may instead order a physical castration instead of the chemical castration. Convicted sex offenders who undergo castration must still serve their full sentence, as their treatment will not affect their sentencing. Under the bill, if a convicted sex offender fails to appear for their chemical castration, they will serve an additional sentence of three to five years.

This will certainly not withstand Constitutional challenge as it is a blatant violation of the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution, as forced vasectomy has been ruled. Bad move, Bobby.