Louisiana legislation to castrate sex offenders could become law by August

A Louisiana bill that would allow judges to sentence certain convicted child molesters to surgical castration may soon be landing on Gov. Jeff Landry’s (R-LA) desk. 

Earlier this month, the state’s House of Representatives passed the Senate bill by a vote of 74 to 24, but the legislator ultimately added amendments that were only just unanimously passed on Tuesday. Those changes must now be approved by the Senate. The original bill required all sex offenders to undergo the procedure, but the most recent version leaves it up to a judge.  

The state already practices chemical castration through medication as a punishment for sex offenders, but Democratic state Sen. Regina Barrow’s bill will allow a judge to order the procedure for a felon who committed a sexual offense against a child under 13 at the end of the prison sentence. Failure to comply
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