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Louisiana to Pass a Law that will Surgically Castrate Sex Offenders who Commit Sex Crimes Against Children

Louisiana Judges are now able to order surgical castration of people found guilty of sex crimes against young children, with the state potentially becoming the first with such a punishment. 

The GOP-controlled Legislature passed the bill allowing judges the option to “sentence someone to surgical castration after the person has been convicted of certain aggravated sex crimes – including rape, incest and molestation – against a child under 13.”

For over 16 years, judges in Louisiana have been given the authority to order those convicted of such crimes to receive chemical castration. Chemical castration uses medication that hinders testosterone production to decrease sex drive. 

“This is a consequence,” Republican state Sen. Valarie Hodges said during a committee hearing on the bill in April. “It’s a step over and beyond just going to jail and getting out.”

Presently, there are 2,224 people imprisoned in the state for sex crimes against children under the age of 13. If the bill turns into law, the punishment can only be applied to those who have committed the crime that took place on or after Aug. 1 2024.

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