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.