Jessica's Law is the informal name given to a 2005 Florida law, as well as laws in several other states, designed to punish sex offenders and reduce their ability to re-offend. A version of Jessica's Law, known as the Jessica Lunsford Act, was introduced at the federal level in 2005 but was never enacted into law by Congress.
The name is also used by the media to designate all legislation and potential legislation in other states modeled after the Florida law. Forty-two states have introduced such legislation since Florida's law was passed.
The law is named after Jessica Lunsford a young Florida girl who was sexually battered and murdered in February 2005 by John Couey, a previously convicted sex offender. Public outrage over this case spurred Florida officials to introduce this legislation. Among the key provisions of the law was classifying lewd or lascivious molestation on a person under the age of 12 as a life felony, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.and lifetime electronic monitoring of adults convicted of lewd or lascivious molestation against a victim less than 12 years old.
The statute almost requires that if an offender is sentenced to a term of years, he or she must be given lifetime probation following the imprisonment. In Florida, another charge, capital sexual battery is defined as: A person 18 years of age or older who commits sexual battery upon, or in an attempt to commit sexual battery injures the sexual organs of, a person less than 12 years of age commits a capital felony. The charge carries a mandatory life sentence
Jessica's Law is a great law to get passed in all states in search for the rights and protection of our children. I think it is a great law, I also believe that there should be a more harsh type punishment for first time convicted child molesters, no matter what state they live in..
The statute almost requires that if an offender is sentenced to a term of years, he or she must be given lifetime probation following the imprisonment.
We are living in a world where child molesters are some of the worse criminals out there. Lurking and plotting for their intended next victim.
As a victim of child sexual abuse I know how much damage this can be in a child's life. I myself suffered the horrifying tortures by the hands of my own father. My father was only convicted to 10 years and from those ten years he only did five years and five years of parole. This man was free and continue preying on innocent young girls.
Please help us make a better place for our children. There are many controversy in regards to this law because of many sex offender advocates which believe this law violates human rights but I believe that a person's right ends the moment they commit such horrifying act against a child.
- Incest Survivors United Voices Of America
United States Congress
- Incest Survivor United Voices Of America
July 24, 2012
To: The United States Congress
We, the undersigned, urge each member of the congress to support and pass Jessica's Law in all states.
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