Jindal Signs Castration Bill for Sex Offenders

Says he's proud of 'strong measures'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2008 2:03 PM CDT
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, right.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
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(Newser) – Louisiana governor and GOP VP wannabe Bobby Jindal signed a bill yesterday that will allow sex offenders to be punished with chemical castration. Said Jindal, “I am glad we have taken such strong measures...to put a stop to these monsters’ brutal acts,” said Jindal, taking the opportunity to slam as "atrocious" the Supreme Court's ruling that his state could not execute offenders who rape children.

On first offenses, a judge will be able to order medroxyprogesterone acetate injections, suppressing male testosterone levels; on a second offense, it will be mandatory. Legislative debate focused not on the bill’s merits, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate, but on which crimes should be subject to the penalty. Originally, kidnapping was included.