Keeping Children Safe~Jessie's Story Continued

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Earlier today I posted Keeping Children Safe ~ Jessie's Story, One I'm Close To about the Jessica Lunsford Tragedy. Jessica Lunsford's story does not end with today's conviction of John Couey.

     

After Jessica was found murdered, her father, Mark Lunsford turned his grief into a mission to get laws changed, not only here in Florida but across the nation. Here in Florida we know it as Jessie's Law, it is also known as

The Jessica Lunsford Act. 

•1.  Increase the penalty for lewd and lascivious molestation of a child to life in prison or a split sentence of a mandatory
minimum 25-year prison term, followed by lifetime supervision with electronic monitoring.

•2.   Increase, from 20 to 30 years, the period of time before a sexual predator is allowed to petition to have the
sexual predator designation removed.

•3.   Increase sexual predator/offender registration and reporting requirements.

•4.   Sexual predators who murder their victims now qualify for the death penalty in capital cases.

•5.   Designate failing to re-register as a sexual offender/predator or harboring or assisting a sexual predator/offender a third
degree felony.

•6.   Require those already convicted of sex crimes to have electronic monitoring for the remainder of their probation.

•7.  Require all county misdemeanor probation officials to search the sexual offender registry when a new offender is
assigned to them.

Last I knew 15 states have passed Jessie's Law or a law similar. Texas is working hard on passing Jessie's law right now. I know people in New Jersey also trying to get Jessie's Law passed.

Recently President Bush passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act:

1) Creates a national public sex offender registry. Provides the public with better and more uniform information about sex offenders so that all communities benefit from the same kind of information. States will be required to list all, not merely some, sex offenders on their web site registries.

2) Provides for consistent sex offender requirements in all states. Sex offenders will no longer be able to take advantage of different state requirements to avoid registering. It mandates that sex offenders be registered before they are released from prison or three days after a sentence of probation.

3) Penalizes failure to comply with registration duties as a state and federal felony.

4) Enhances the ability of law enforcement to track sex offenders when they move, cutting down on the number of "missing" sex offenders in the system. It requires sex offenders to verify registration in person to law enforcement rather than by mail.

5) Makes important changes in the way law enforcement handles missing child reports. Reports must be entered into the FBI's National Crime Information Center within 2 hours. It also prohibits the removal of a missing child report when the child turns age 18 before being recovered.

6) In response to the growing problem of commercial child pornography and the exploitation of children online, the bill increases the number of Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces across the nation.

In it there are several separate sections named for children who we've lost to monsters like Couey. Jessica has a section too, but it will take more then words to get this off the ground. You can find the Summary of the law here  Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act

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Rainmaker
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Randy L. Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

I helped work on raising the age of consent in Hawaii a few years ago.  Believe it or not it was 14 until we got it raised.  It is now 16 which is still too low.

I am with you the penalties need to be increased.  These predators need to be removed from society.

Mar 07, 2007 06:05 PM #1
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Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN

Lysa, I agree with Randy, we need to remove them from our society.  God is the only one that can turn this type of person around, and if they are unwilling to do so, I am sorry but they have no place within our society.  Tougher penalties is a must.  Death penalty should be stringent in the case of murder such as this.  The story saddens me to the point of making me physically ill.  I cannot imagine the horror the family of this little girl has had to endure.  Sorry for being so unkind here, I am not usually in this type of mind frame, today I cannot keep back my thoughts without being totally honest. 

Mar 07, 2007 11:10 PM #2
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Randy, Wow! I never knew that. How unreal. Thanks for helping make a difference!

Bob, Do not apologize for being right and you are not being unkind. When I started this series I told folks I would be upsetting them with facts when I asked how they felt about me writing it. Question for the Active Rain Community

Here is a link to Jessies Foundation website and STATE LEGISLATION  I should have posted it last night with the blog, I do apologize for not doing so. You can help make a difference by following the link.

Thank you both for stopping by and giving me your feelings. It means a lot to me.  

 

Mar 08, 2007 12:26 AM #3
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RaNae Urso

Hello Bob,

I want to thank you for always responding to my blogs. I am new to Active Rain and look forward to getting more active with it. I read your blog today and wanted to let you know that I was very impressed with the "Jessica Lunsford Act". I would also agree to say that these sexual predators, if found guilty should be perminantly removed from society.

Thanks, RaNae Urso

Mar 08, 2007 11:18 AM #4
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Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN
Lysa, I could not get this post out of my mind today.  I want to thank you for taking a stand with this issue, and for posting this blog.  I want you to know that I appreciate you, and you also mean alot to us here.  Thanks so much, keep writing, I'll keep reading.  Almost forgot, I went to the website, very good site, I encourage everyone to please go there too.
Mar 08, 2007 11:26 AM #5
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Bob, thank you so much for your kind words :). I was going to end my series with this post when I began it, but there is too much out there to end it. Bill O'Reilly (not my favorite persons but he stands behind Mark 100%) said today that Jessie's Law or a law like it has been passed now in 40 states! This is for our children and our grandchildren folks. Lets change some laws! My granddaughter will be 1 tomorrow, I want her to be safe too.
Mar 08, 2007 11:37 AM #6
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
RaNae, Love how you spell your name! Will pass your kind words on to Bob! Welcome to Active Rain. Thanks for stopping by, am glad you you read Jessie's Law, it needs to be out there. I'll have to stop by and see you too :)
Mar 08, 2007 11:38 AM #7
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Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN

Lysa, Absolutely, lets get the laws changed.  I hope we can make a difference, and we also need to teach our grandchildren right from the get go. 

RaNae, thank you for your kindness too.  I love your posts, there are so many good writers out here, Lysa your one of them too.

Mar 08, 2007 11:56 AM #8
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Kelli Fronabarger
Bend River Realty Inc. - Bend, OR
Realtor - Bend Oregon

Lysa,

Absolutely right there with you. I will follow the links and do what I can to make a difference. We have the ability to change things in this country for the better, and should. Although a very sad post, also a very important one -- Thank you.

Mar 09, 2007 12:56 PM #9
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Kelli, thank you for stopping by. It is unfortunate that something terrible like this had to happen to get laws change. Thanks for finding out what you can do to help. I recently heard, but not sure if it is true that we are up to 40 out of 50 states that have Jessie's Law or one like it. I need to start investigating that.

 

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