Florida Enacts New Sex Offender Law
Gov. Jeb Bush has signed Florida's new sex offender law.
The Jessica Lunsford Act requires those who prey on children under 12 to be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison and, if they get out, to be tracked for life.
It is never a good idea to enact legislation in response to a singular event, no matter how horrific. Act in haste, repent at leisure.
This one-size-fits-all attempt at justice will result in no justice at all. The bill fails to adequately distinguish between violent and non-violent offenders. A 2003 Justice Department study found that sex offenders have a lower incidence of recidivism than other those convicted of non-sex crimes.
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