Fla. Gov. Rick Scott to sign tougher sex predator measures

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is visiting West Palm Beach on Tuesday and later signing into law a series of measures that would require sexual predators to be locked up longer.

Scott is scheduled to sign four bills at the Capitol.

The measures the governor will sign will also require that more sexual predators be committed for psychiatric review once they finish their criminal sentences.

The wide-ranging legislative package attempts to close loopholes in the Jimmy Ryce Act, which allows for the psychiatric review, or civil commitment, of sexually violent offenders even after they finish their prison sentences.

Lawmakers in both chambers have said the inspiration for strengthening the laws came from the death of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle last June and a newspaper investigation on sexual predators who were released only to commit more crimes.

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