Louisiana Bill Authorizing Physical Castration for Sex Offenders Heads to Governor’s Desk

A bill that seeks to enforce surgical castration as punishment for those convicted of rape has been approved by the Louisiana legislature and now awaits the signature of Republican Governor Jeff Landry. Under the bill, the procedure would be performed on a convicted person within a week prior to their release. A court-appointed medical expert must first ascertain that the defendant is suitable for the surgery within 60 days of the imposition of the sentence. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections would oversee the castration, which would not be conducted if the accused is deemed medically ineligible. Sen. Barrow has proposed new legislation that extends existing law to authorize judges to impose physical castration as punishment on those convicted of sex offenses against children under 13 years old. The previous law was limited to chemical castration and required the offender to give his voluntary consent. Barrow’s bill passed 74-24 in the state House and 29-9 in the Senate. The new bill comes on the heels of the case of 54-year-old Glenn Sullivan, who was convicted of four counts of second-degree rape of a 14-year-old and sentenced to 50 years in prison. A press release from Louisiana District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said Sullivan would undergo physical castration in addition to his prison sentence. Sullivan's case dates back to July 2022 when a young woman told detectives that he had raped her multiple times a few years prior. The victim became pregnant, and a DNA test ordered during the investigation proved that Sullivan was the father. Sullivan allegedly groomed the young girl and threatened her family to prevent her from speaking out. Scott Perrilloux applauded the victim for speaking out despite the threats made against her and urged other victims to come forward. The bill has only been adopted in a limited sense in very few US states; a majority of states permit chemical castration, with the a
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