Tennessee Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Chemically Castrate Child Sex Offenders

Tennessee state Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, introduced a bill last week that would require anyone convicted of a sex offense to minors under the age of 13 to be chemically castrated, the Jackson Sun reports. The bill, as introduced, only applies to offenders eligible for parole and allows the offender to halt treatment at any time, but the refusal would constitute a parole violation. Griffey’s bill requires that the parolee pay for the cost of the procedure, which may be comprised of medication that "reduces, inhibits or blocks the production of testosterone, hormones, or other chemicals in a person's body." None of the 13 bills introduced by Griffey in the 2019 session passed.

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