Tenn. House passes Jessica's Law

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Jessica’s Law, sponsored by Rep. John Hood, was passed unanimously on the House floor in the Tennessee General Assembly. The bill is named after Jessica Lunsford, a Florida youth who was raped and killed by a repeat sex offender.

This bill sets the minimum period of incarceration for rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery of a child at 25 years.

Additionally, the offender shall remain on community supervision through GPS-satellite monitoring for the remainder of the person’s life and may not petition a court for release from that supervision.

The bill is part of Gov. Phil Bredesen’s legislative agenda for the 105th General Assembly.

The Administration originally included $7.7 million in the 2007-2008 appropriations bill to cover the costs of longer prison sentences and expected increases in the inmate population of child sex offenders. An amendment was added to provide an additional $1.9 million for GPS devices that convicted child predators would be required to wear for life.

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Members Opinions:
May 24, 2007 at 12:00am
Thank you John Hood for getting this passed...
May 24, 2007 at 12:00am
At last!! someone who will work to get these vile offenders off the street and keep them off! Thank you John Hood!!
May 25, 2007 at 12:00am
Thank you for standing for what is right. You represent us well, and do so while behaving like a gentleman.

I'd like to encourage others who appreciate things that our representatives do to let them know. Living in the public eye takes courage, especially in this time of nearly real-time communication of the news and response to the news. I've always wondered why there are so many more negative than positive responses.

Anyone else wonder? I'd love to hear someone else's thoughts on this.
May 26, 2007 at 12:00am
cindiphi- There are people out there who-no matter how much GOOD you do- they will say nothing. But you make a mistake or unintentionaly do something wrong, and they will jump on it like a flea on a dog's back. You are right, John Hood does a great job and deserves to know that we appreciate him, but wait and watch, someone will find something that he did or didn't do to complain about. Unfortunately, complaining is the only thing that some are really good at. But, most people(not all)on this site aren't negative, they just have a different but valid opinion and express it in a curteous manner.
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