Minnesota State Legislators: Enact "Cameron Norris Law" as New Child Homicide Statute
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What Happened to Cameron
Samuel Christopher Jones, was a close family friend of Cynthia Sweats' family for years. He was trusted to watch Cameron for Cynthia on one occasion, so she could go to work. Samuel Jones brutally beat baby Cameron Norris to death on February 7, 2003.
Jones was released March 8, 2017 after only serving 14 years, of his 20 year maximum sentence. Jones is now a free man, on parole until 2023. Jones has never showed remorse, had no mandated rehabilitation, nor has he faced Cynthia to apologize, for what he did. In the courtroom he smiled and scoffed at the victimized family members during his sentencing.
Cynthia Sweats will never receive justice for Cameron's death. However, her goal is to provide justice for other children fatally victimized at the hands of an adult. The courts should hold offenders fully accountability for these crimes.
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Cameron Norris Law – A focus into the future, for a new Child Homicide Statute in Minnesota.
MISSION: Enact Cameron Norris Law in response to child homicide. Offenders must be held fully accountable for the crime they committed. Parents need to feel some sense of justice. The cycle of violence needs to be broken with mandated intense rehabilitation for those found guilty of these heinous crimes, if any plea bargain is offered.
Society Needs Lawmakers to;
- See society's need for harsher sentencing and mandated treatment for those who harm a child.
- Ensure that all parents feel heard and represented throughout the process.
- Mandated Restorative Justice Rehabilitation to offenders that seek the plea bargain.
Outline of Cameron Norris Law
- Offender will be charged with 1st degree homicide, when arrested and booked into jail.
- Offender is given the choice to decide if he/she wants to go to trial or take the "Intentional Second Degree Murder" plea deal.
- If offender chooses to go to trial;
- He/she can be found guilty or not guilty, in court of law.
- If found guilty, offender will be sentenced to life in prison
- If offender chooses intentional second degree murder plea deal;
- Plea deal sentence terms; 40 years max, possible parole after 26 years (2/3rd of 40 years)
- Offender can only reach parole in 26 years by compliance with all requirements of the plea deal.
- If offender is not in compliance with all requirements, the offender must serve the remaining 14 years (of 40 year maximum sentence) before parole will be offered one more time.
Plea deal requires;
- The offender to confess and provide all details of the child's murder.
- Offender to successfully complete extensive, intense treatment, structured rehabilitation, goal training, anger management, coping and skills training, educational and job coaching skills.
- Offender must complete all phases of the rehabilitation program, show progress and remorse.
- If all requirements of the Restorative Justice Rehabilitation Program have not been met, the offender will forfeit the agreement and will then serve life in prison.
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