NEWS FROM THE JIMMY RYCE CENTER
We have heard comments over the course of the past few months that the Ryce family wants to change the name of the “Jimmy Ryce Act.” First rumor came from Orlando and the most recent from Duval County.
Here is what Don Ryce, Jimmy’s dad, has to say…..
Statement from Don Ryce regarding the Integrity of the Jimmy Ryce Act
I would like to address my family’s position regarding the Florida law named after my son, Jimmy Ryce, who was abducted, raped and murdered on September 11, 1995.
It makes my blood boil when I keep hearing that we want Jimmy’s name removed from the Jimmy Ryce Act. This is absolutely ridiculous and has no merit whatsoever.
We want our Jimmy’s name to always be associated with the legislation that protects young children from sexual predators.
In May of 1998, the Florida legislature unanimously passed the Jimmy Ryce Involuntary Civil Commitment for Sexually Violent Predators’ Treatment and Care Act. The Jimmy Ryce Act, as it is now known, was signed by Governor Lawton Chiles on May 19, 1998, and became effective on January 1, 1999.
My wife, Claudine, and I fought tirelessly for the passing of this legislation honoring our son and his brief life. She would turn over in her grave if anyone tampered with its sacred name.
Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction