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|Jindal signs crime bills into law while in Monroe|
Gov. Bobby Jindal has a message for potential child predators - they had better steer clear of Louisiana.
Jindal signed into law his crime package Wednesday at the Ouachita Parish Courthouse before dozens of local and state law enforcement officers, as well as residents of the community.
The crime package includes new sex offender registry laws, enhanced penalties for sex offenders, the addition of a computer-aided solicitation of minors clause and an integrated sex offender database.
He says it is an important step in protecting children from "monsters who will try to robe their innocence."
Jindal discussed a meeting he had with the parents of an 8-year-old boy who this year was victimized by a child predator.
"His parents said, 'We want to show him that he did nothing wrong. He was the victim and we want to show him this wasn't his fault,'" Jindal said. "His father was a big man, and he was literally in tears because of what had happened to his little boy."
"I made a commitment," Jindal continued. "I said we will do everything we can to protect our children in Louisiana so this doesn't ever happen to another innocent little child. None of us, as mothers and fathers, want to be where that father is in terms of his pain."
"We have to do more as a state to protect our children," Jindal added.
Jindal's crime package includes bills that require lifetime registration for sex offenders; double the minimum sentence for child predators; make it illegal for predators to use text messages to contact children; increase the minimum sentencing for those who molest juveniles; increase to crime labs by $2 million to help clear up the backlog of evidence; and provide courts the ability to order chemical castration for certain offenders who commit these crimes.
"I am proud to be here today to sign these bills into law that will let the country know that we will do everything we can to protect our children," Jindal said. "I have one message for any of those monsters out there: you don't want to come to Louisiana. We're going to have the nation's toughest laws when it comes to preventing abuse, protecting our children and punishing those monsters who try to robe their innocence.
"Some people get so excited to go on-line and find out where these monsters live. I'm not impressed by that. I'd feel much better if you could go on-line and find out they all live in one place, in Angola, far away from our children."