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Why doesn’t Minnesota have Jessica’s Law?

Posted in Sex Offenders April 10th, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

A recent article on the Remer Area Chamber of Commerce web site asked what the Minnesota State Legislator is doing to introduce legislation on Jessica’s Law for the state of Minnesota. The author could not find any legislation introduced that would put Minnesota as a proponent for Jessica’s law. The state does have Megan’s law but that is not enough to control child predators in the state.

The Stop Child Predators web site lists 15,819 registered sex offenders in the state of Minnesota. The last legislation pending was September 2005 in regard to residency requirements and stricter punishments. Since then no legislation can be found for introducing Jessica’s law.

Jessica’s law refers to Jessica Lunsford Act passed in Florida which mandates a minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum of life in prison for first-time child sex offenders. Jessica’s law does much more by revising sexual predator criteria by requiring twice yearly re-registration by sexual predators; provide criminal offenses for failing to re-register; and failing to report or provide false information about sexual predator as well as harboring or concealing a sexual predator. It also requires electronic monitoring for certain offenders placed on conditional release supervision.

Little Jessica was only nine years old when she was abducted, sexually assaulted and brutally murdered by not a first-time but a repeat offender. If this man was incarcerated, this horrible crime would not have happened to Jessica. If you want to protect our children send an email to Governor Tim Pawlenty at tim.pawlenty@state.mn.us and ask him why Minnesota doesn’t have Jessica’s Law?

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