Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ConnectiCUT State Rep. Kevin NUMB-Skulczyck rips off AL Shiitake nominee Steve "Cut the 'Wurst" Hurst
Skulczyck: Sex offender castration bill a priority for 2018
GRISWOLD - State Rep. Kevin Skulczyck confirmed Tuesday he would like to see chemical castration performed on convicted sex offenders as a form of punishment.
He said the proposal will be on his “top 5” list of priorities going into next year’s legislative session.
Skulczyck, a Republican who represents the 45th district, tweeted his idea on Sunday.
“This is about protecting the next victim and as law makers it’s our responsibility to look for every tool to protect the next generation,” Skulczyck said. “I want to work on a model bill that for the rest of the country to use.”
The details on whether both males and females would be required to undergo the treatment or which crimes would warrant castration were not made clear.
It also is not clear if Skulczyck would propose the state pay for castrations.
With chemical castration, drugs are used to reduce a person’s libido or sexual activity. It does not remove organs nor is it a form of sterilization.
Alabama State Rep. Steve Hurst is proposing a similar bill for the third time in his state. Hurst’s bill, however, proposes surgical castration. Skulczyck linked to a story about Hurst’s proposal in his tweet on Sunday.
Eight states -- California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin -- allow for chemical or surgical castration of sex offenders.
Critics of the practice, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say castration is a violation of someone’s rights. A castration bill, the ACLU has said, would violate the Eighth Amendment which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
Skulczyck, a freshman legislator, has also proposed other controversial bills during this year’s legislative session, including reviving the death penalty, suspending funding to “sanctuary cities” and repealing gun control legislation.
“It is a controversial bill, but I’m the guy to bring this up. I’m living in the moment and I’m going to take an opportunity to help the public,” Skulczyck said.