This week, Florida’s new law permitting the death penalty for pedophiles went into effect.
“Florida’s law allowing the death penalty for child rapists is now in effect. The minimum sentence is life in prison without parole. In Florida, anyone who harms children in such a horrific way will never walk free,” Gov. Ron DeSantis noted on social media.
In May, HB 1297 was signed by DeSantis. The law states that “a person who commits a sexual battery upon, or in an attempt to commit sexual battery injured the sexual organs of, a person less than 12 years of age carries a great risk of death and danger to vulnerable members of this state.”
The U.S. Supreme Court held that the death penalty for child rape was cruel and unusual.
However, DeSantis stated in May that he believes that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling on capital punishment was “wrong,” saying that Florida’s new law will assist the justices in reviewing the matter again.
“This bill sets up a procedure to be able to challenge that precedent and to be able to say that, in Florida, we think that the worst crimes deserve the worst of the worst punishment,” DeSantis added.