Child sex offenders should serve a minimum penalty of life in prison, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) proposed Thursday.
The ambitious proposal is part of a new “Law and Order” legislative package unveiled by the governor aiming to keep the state’s crime rate low.
DeSantis addressed the anti-crime legislation during an appearance at the Miami Police Benevolent Association in South Florida Thursday, saying he would have liked to have pursued the death penalty for pedophiles, however, the Supreme Court “said the Constitution does not allow capital punishment for anything short of a homicide.”
“The problem with that you have some of these sex predators that will abuse these very very young children, do it habitually, and I’m just thinking to myself, you’re ruining those kids’ lives– those are innocent kids,” he stated at the press conference in Miami Beach.
The governor added he and his team would be “exploring ways to facilitate” capital punishment as a penalty for sex offenders as the current iteration of the Supreme Court likely would “not uphold” the previous decision.
“We understand it’ll be a challenge, but I think it’s right for us to challenge a decision that wasn’t well thought out, was very narrowly decided, and I don’t think would be upheld when we’re talking about the worst of the worst,” the governor stated.
“What we know we can do regardless of how the Supreme Court stuff shakes out, is we do wanna ensure that the minimum sentence for these predators who are raping these young kids, that they do at least get life in prison because they will re-offend if you put them back on the streets.”
“These people don’t care,” DeSantis said. “They are unrepentant, they don’t care about these children; they will do whatever they can do to satiate themselves at the expense of very very vulnerable people.”
The governor’s “Law and Order” legislation also addresses preventing the early release of sex criminals, eliminating cashless bail reforms, the ongoing fentanyl crisis, and the epidemic of human smuggling.
“This proposal pushes back against the abolishment of cash bail, increases penalties for drug-related crimes, steps up human smuggling interdictions, strengthens the punishment for child rapists, prevents the early release of sex criminals, and makes it more feasible to administer ultimate justice to those facing the death penalty,” reads a statement by the governor’s office.
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