Alabama state lawmaker Representative Steve Hurst recently introduced a bill to make castration the legal repercussion for sex offenses against a child under 12. He explained, "They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime." And apparently, Hurst has introduced the bill before. "I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said don't you think this is inhumane?"
"I asked them what's more inhumane than 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," said Hurst.
Whether or not Hurst's proposed punishment is also inhumane, two words might describe it succinctly: cruel and unusual. Really, really unusual.
But does Hurst really think this bill will turn into law? A quick search reveals the man's penchant for grabbing national attention. Like the time he proposed a bill to require public teachers to say a prayer to students. Or the time he brought this to a local parade: