What I feel is a long time coming, a state senate committee has given initial approval for a PA's version of Florida's "Jessica's Law".
You remember Jessica Lunsford? She was that 9 year old little girl who was abducted from her bedroom while she slept, raped, and killed last year. Her murderer? A registered sex offender, John Evander Couhey.
The entire nation saw just how well "registering" sex offenders was in deterring them from repeating their crimes when the news of Jessica's killer was brought to light.
In an albeit too late reactive move, Florida created "Jessica's Law".
And PA will soon have its own version.
The measure will give DA's the power to put sex offenders away for a minimum sentence of 25 years AND the accused will have to where a GPS monitoring system for the rest of their life.
As a mom, I applaud the measure.
But a state senator from Erie thinks the measure is overkill.
Jane M Earll (R) is quoted as saying “I know that there have been incidents around the country where you have someone who’s out on probation or parole who re-offends. But to my knowledge, we don’t have that problem in Pennsylvania.”
Gee, Senator, let me think about what you said for a minute. You're saying that since such an incident hasn't happened here in Pennsyltucky that the law is not necessary. That Pennsylvania should also be a reactive state as opposed to proactive. We all saw how being reactive allowed Jessica to die in Florida. If such a measure would have been in place at the time of her murderer's initial conviction back in 1991, he would have still been behind bars.
Senator, do we really need a dead child on our hands so you can feel the measure is justified?
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