At a news conference on Thursday in Miami, Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled efforts to tackle crime, including harsher punishments for s*x offenses and drug trafficking. We take great pride in maintaining law and order in our state. said DeSantis. According to DeSantis, rules will be implemented to prevent police enforcement from losing funding and becoming unable to perform their duties.
The governor said, “If you disagree with a law, run for the Legislature and amend it, but you don’t get to be a law unto yourself,” to emphasize that prosecutors are not permitted to “pick and choose whatever legislation that they enforce.” State officials have published numbers showing that crime in Florida is at a 50-year low, with overall crime down nearly 10% from the previous year.
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Murder, burglaries, and robberies are all down 14%, 15%, and 7%, respectively. The murder rate in Miami-Dade County decreased by 15% between 2020 and 2021 and by a further 38% during the first half of 2022, all owing to the excellent work that the men and women in uniform do every single day. Said DeSantis.
To combat the fentanyl issue, DeSantis wants to increase money for Florida’s law enforcement agencies. Florida has faced fentanyl being put into various drugs made in Mexico and smuggled across the southern border as fentanyl use has spread across the United States. DeSantis wants to make rules more stringent to handle the situation appropriately.
“We’re going to add another $20 million in local support funds for law enforcement agencies in my future budget suggestions to boost efforts to detect and capture the illicit sale and trafficking of fentanyl,” the governor said. Said DeSantis. Fentanyl possession, sale, or manufacture will be classified as a first-degree felony, punishable by a mandatory life term and a $1 million fine for those who target children.
DeSantis thinks that habitual s*x offenders, especially those who target children, should be subject to the death penalty. DeSantis seeks to amend the Florida Constitution to enable the death penalty for crimes other than homicide, contrary to a recent decision by the Florida Supreme Court.
“We’ll look into how to make some capital trials easier. These people will do whatever it takes to sate their hunger at the expense of highly helpless people because they don’t care, are unrepentant, and don’t care about these children.” According to DeSantis, the death penalty would have been the “only proper punishment answer to that.” DeSantis wants at least life terms for s*x offenders, and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody agrees.
According to Moody, “While some states are implementing soft-on-crime policies that enhance lawlessness and reduce public safety, in Florida we seek to reinforce our laws, keep violent offenders behind bars, and take proactive measures to keep our communities safe.”