Keeping Your Children Safe From Sex Offenders
GAINESVILLE, Fl- More than 650 men being held in a state prison are so dangerous a judge has determined they can't be released even though they have served their sentences.
They are all sex offenders deemed likely to offend again.
The law keeping them in jail indefinitely was passed in 1998 after the brutal rape and murder of nine year old Jimmy Ryce.
Donald Smith, the man accused of killing eight year old Cherish Perrywinkel was committed under the Jimmy Ryce Act, that was 1999, but prosecutors didn't pursue permanent lockup.
Now a new study of sex offenders in Florida shows what many already know, offenders, like Donald Smith, are incurable.
Smith was arrested again in 2009 for a sex crime, but because the charge was knocked down to a misdemeanor, a risk assessment wasn't triggered.
For tips on keeping your children safe, visit jimmyryce.org.
The site offers tips, called Great Escape Maneuvers, or GEMS, for children in difficult situations.
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