Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal warned sex offenders yesterday to stay out of Louisiana as he sitned bills that provide for harsher penalties for those who do harm to minors, reports the Monroe News Star. Said Jindal, who has three young children. “We are going to protect children from the monsters who would rob their innocence.” Among the new laws: lifetime registration for sex offenders; increased minimum sentences for solicitation of a minor and for molesting a juvenile; and chemical castration of sex offenders.
Jindal railed against a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that said the crime of child rape doesn’t warrant the death penalty. The decision overturned a ruling by the Louisiana Supreme Court that would have allowed the execution of a man convicted of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter. “The Supreme Court got it absolutely wrong,” Jindal said. “It’s absurd.” He said the state will revise the law “and give the Supreme Court a chance to get it right.”