Florida is no longer toying with child molesters.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on April 1, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law that will clamp down on child molesters and rapists. The bill, according to Scott, is designed to keep the wort sex offenders locked up after their original prison terms end.
In a press conference announcing the package of bills, Scott said:
"Today I am proud to sign this legislation for all the children who have been terribly affected. I hope these measures and awareness we are creating today will make a difference for generations to come."
The bills, which were inspired by a Sun-Sentinel investigation that shined a light on the state's previously lenient sex offender laws, will create a 50-year mandatory prison sentence for rapist who attack children under 12-years old, the elderly and the developmentally disabled.
The bills will also wipe away the three-year statutes of limitations for molesters who attacks children younger than 16-years old. In addition, the laws will eliminate time of for good behavior for sex offenders and prohibit convicted offenders from possessing pornography.
The bills will be named in the memory of Jimmy Ryce, a South Florida child who was raped and murdered. Don Ryce, Jimmy's father, told the Sun-Sentinel in an email statement:
"I am very pleased that the Legislature and the Governor are acting to improve the Jimmy Ryce Act and to make this the toughest state in the country for sexual predators to reside."
The Jimmy Ryce Act goes into effect on October 1.