Louisiana closer to approving surgical castration for those convicted of sex crimes against children

Both chambers of the Louisiana legislature approved a bill Monday that would allow those convicted of sex crimes against children to undergo surgical castration. 

The new law would allow judges to sentence offenders of certain sex crimes to surgical castration as well as prison time. Applicable offenses include rape, incest, and molestation of those 13 and under.

“This is a consequence,” state Sen. Valarie Hodges, a Republican, said. “It’s a step over and beyond just going to jail and getting out.”

Since 2008, Louisiana has allowed judges to order those convicted of sex crimes against children to undergo chemical castration, although it is rarely issued to offenders. Chemical castration involves subjects taking certain medications that would block sex hormones such as testosterone from being produced.

Other states, such as California, Florida, and Texas, have laws that allow chemical castration. Surgical
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