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Tougher Laws for Sex Offenders

By: Kelly Barfield
By: Kelly Barfield

Both young girls from Florida were killed by convicted sex offenders. Many feel we're at a point where enough is enough.

District Attorney David Miller says, "They are outraged at some of the acts people are hearing about in the media of sexual crimes against children."

Last year in Florida, convicted sex offender Jon Couey raped and murdered nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford. Since then, states have been pushing to toughen sex offender laws.

In Georgia, Rep. Jerry Keen proposes a bill that would do just that. If this legislation passed, new sentencing guidelines for sex offenders would be in place.

The minimum sentence would be 25 years in prison. The offender would be required to be on the sex offenders list.

The offender cannot be within 1,000 feet of children and may be required to wear a GPS monitoring device. Investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office say they'd love to see these new sentencing guidelines for child molesters.

LT Wanda Edwards says, "I'm all for as tough as they want to make it. Once you hurt a child there's no going back."

Legislators and prosecutors alike have one thing in mind.

Miller says, "Quite frankly, they want to make life so miserable for child molesters that they will decide once they are paroled, that there are other places they want to live other than Georgia.”

This is meant to be a step towards prevention, and like the district attorney mentioned, a scare tactic as well.


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