Visiting a state prison in Springville, Ala., Gov. Bob Riley signed a bill described as "a leap forward in protecting the state's children.”
The governor warned predators that they will face tougher criminal and financial penalties if they target children.
"It breaks new ground in ensuring families, and our communities will be safer," said Riley. "Alabama warns you, if you dare prey on our children, you will find yourself locked up in a prison for a long, long time with no chance of parole and no chance of probation."
"The answer, of course, is that those who receive mandatory minimum sentences, that means no parole, no probation, no good time, no split sentences, that means you are going to prison. You will not wear bracelets for 20 years because they will be in prison for 20 years," said Alabama Attorney General Troy King.
After that prison term, convicts will then have to wear an electronic tracking bracelet for the next 10 years.