Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation Toughening Penalties for Sex Criminals and Other Violent Offenders
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 537 today, which toughens penalties for sex criminals. The bill makes all attempted sexual misconduct criminals ineligible for "gain-time", a Department of Corrections program that sometimes shortens periods of incarceration. It also eliminates sentence reduction eligibility for any person convicted of attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit an offense that is otherwise ineligible for the award of incentive gain-time.

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The Governor stated that there is no meaningful difference between a criminal that committed a crime of sexual violence and a criminal that attempted but failed to commit the same crime. He believes neither deserve to have their sentences cut short and Florida will continue to enact policies to protect its communities from violent offenders.

This bill was part of Governor DeSantis' comprehensive law and order legislative proposal announced in January which also included strengthening pre-trial detention and increasing sentences for drug traffickers targeting children as well as making child rapists eligible for the death penalty.

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