Tennessee considers chemical castration as part of parole condition for some sex offenders

Tennessee State Representative Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) introduced HB1585 that if passed, would require some sex offenders to undergo chemical castration as a condition for parole.

The law applies to those convicted of a sexual offense involving a child under 13 years old. Tennessee’s health department would perform the procedure and the convict would have to pay for it.

The bill said offenders would be responsible for all costs associated with chemical castration, but could not be denied parole solely based on their inability to pay. Offenders unable to afford the drugs would have to prove so in court in order to not be taken back into custody to serve out the remainder of their sentence.

If passed, the bill would take effect on July 1, 2020 and would apply to offenses committed on or after that date.

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