Lawmaker introduces sex offender castration bill in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama lawmaker is calling for convicted sex offenders to pay for their own surgical castration.Steve Hurst, a Republican from Munford, Ala., has introduced a bill that would require sex offenders older than 21 to pay for their own surgical castration before being released from state custody.

Investigation finds Alabama prison conditions are “unconstitutional”

  Birmingham, Ala. — Officials in Alabama have until next week to make changes to the state’s troubled prison system. A Justice Department investigation found conditions in Alabama’s prisons violate the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects against cruel and unusual punishment.