After News Series, FL Gov Signs Bills Limiting Molester, Rapist Releases


The new laws eliminate time off from sexual offenders’ prison sentences for good behavior and prohibit convicted offenders from possessing pornography. The reforms strengthen a current law named in memory of Jimmy Ryce, a South Florida boy who was raped and murdered. The Sun Sentinel series, “Sex Predators Unleashed,” showed that despite a state review process that allows for continued lockup of convicted sex offenders after they serve their prison sentences, nearly 600 offenders had been released and attacked again. They went on to molest 460 children, rape 121 women and kill 14 people. Six attacked new victims on the same day they regained freedom.

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