TN weighing bill requiring child sex offenders to undergo chemical castration for parole
A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced a bill to require certain convicted child sex offenders undergo chemical castration as a condition for parole.
Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) filed House Bill 1585 for introduction on Jan. 2. If passed, the bill would require any person convicted of a sexual offense involving a child under 13 years old to undergo chemical castration as a condition for parole. The process would be administered by an employee of the Department of Health.
The bill calls for chemical castration with drugs that block, reduce or inhibit the production of testosterone, hormones or other chemicals in a person's body. Offenders would have to take the drugs for at least one month before being released from custody, and continue taking after being released them until the 'court determines the treatment is no longer necessary.'