Montgomery, AL - An Alabama lawmaker wants a new punishment for sex offenders: castration.
But we're not talking chemical castration. This is surgical, as in "permanent."
This new legislation would require the punishment for convicted pedophiles before they leave prison.
"People have called me," Republican state representative Steve Hurst shared. "And they said, 'Don't you think this is inhumane?'"
It definitely cuts to the chase by mandating the surgical removal of male testicles when an individual has been convicted of sexually assaulting a child 12 years old or younger.
Some believe this could become the most cruel and unusual penalty for pedophiles in the world.
"What's more inhumane?" Hurst questioned. "When you take a little infant child, and you sexually molest that infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away- and they have to go through all the things they have to go through- if you want to talk about inhumane, that's inhumane."
The bill adds one more layer to the punishment by requiring offenders to pay for their own castration.
Before the Alabama House and Senate can take up the new bill it has to pass a judiciary committee.
In the meantime, Hurst hopes this potential law will make sex offenders think twice before they act.
Of course, it might make them reconsider even visiting "the Land of Dixie" in the first place.