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Tennessee House Bill 1585 proposes mandatory castration for child sex offenders

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The Volunteer State is considering chemical castration for Tennesseeans who are convicted of sex offenses against children.

House Bill 1585 would make the act mandatory if the offenders -who are convicted of preying on children under 13 years of age- want to be paroled.

The bill was filed by TN State Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) would involve taking medication to reduce, inhibit or block the production of testosterone, hormones or other chemicals in the body.

According to MyFOX8, failure to take the medication would be a violation of parole and would result in going back to jail.

Convicts would have to pay the costs of chemical castration out of their own pocket, and those who cannot afford the medication can’t be denied parole, so long as they can prove in periodic reviews that they are unable to do so.

If passed into law, the bill would go into effect in July.

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