Louisiana passed a bill for surgical castration of child molesters

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Judges in Louisiana could order people who are convicted of sex crimes against children to undergo surgical castration under a bill that state lawmakers passed overwhelmingly on Monday.
While Louisiana and a few other states, including California, Texas and Florida, have long allowed chemical castration, the option to punish sex offenders via surgical castration — which is far more intrusive — appears to be the first in the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures and prisoners’ advocacy groups.
The bill now awaits the signature of Gov.
And while the bill easily passed the Republican-dominated Legislature, it was a Democrat from Baton Rouge, Senator Regina Barrow, who introduced the measure.
“We are talking about babies who are being violated by somebody,” Ms. Barrow told lawmakers during an April committee meeting.
“That is inexcusable.” The bill allows for the procedure to be ordered for either men or women.
“Who does this affect most?” Representative Edmond Jordan, a Baton Rouge Democrat who is Black, said during a legislative hearing.
I know we say it can apply to anybody, but we all know who it affects.”

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According to a bill that the state legislature overwhelmingly approved on Monday, judges in Louisiana may order surgical castration for those found guilty of sexual offenses against minors.

The National Conference of State Legislatures and prisoners’ advocacy groups claim that although chemical castration has long been an option for punishing sexual offenders in Louisiana and a few other states (Texas, Florida, and California), surgical castration, which is far more intrusive, appears to be a novel concept nationwide.

The governor must now sign the bill. Republican Jeff Landry, who took office in January, promised to be tough on crime. Additionally, Senator Regina Barrow, a Democrat from Baton Rouge, introduced the bill, despite the fact that it was easily approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature.

At a committee meeting in April, Ms. Barrow informed the lawmakers, “We are talking about babies who are being violated by somebody.”. It is unacceptable. “.

Both men and women may have the procedure ordered under the terms of the bill.

Given Louisiana’s history of erroneous convictions and the potential for racial bias, a few lawmakers voiced their concerns.

Black Democratic representative from Baton Rouge, Representative Edmond Jordan, asked during a legislative hearing, “Who does this affect most?”. It is racially neutral, as I know. Though, as we all know, it affects whom it does or does not. “.

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