Arizona is among the states which have toughened their laws in an
effort to crack down on sexual offenders who prey on children.
"Jessica's Law is named after Jessica Lunsford, who was abducted from
her Florida home and sexually assaulted before being murdered. Several
states, including Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona, have
passed Jessica's Law or it's equivalent."
Team Amber Alert
"Jessica's laws also have been enacted in Florida, Louisiana and
Arizona with similar legislation having passed this year in Arkansas,
Oregon and Virginia. Lunsford continues to work with lawmakers in
other states to craft bills."
Zwire: The Johnson County Sun
The amended law, which was signed into effect by Governor Janet
Napolitano on May 24, 2006, is lengthy and detailed. Here is a brief
excerpt (the full text may be read by clicking the link below the
"Sec. 2. Section 13-604.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
13-604.01. Dangerous crimes against children; sentences; definitions
A. A person who is at least eighteen years of age and who stands
convicted of a dangerous crime against children in the first degree
involving sexual assault of a minor who is twelve years of age or
younger or sexual conduct with a minor who is twelve years of age or
younger shall be sentenced to life imprisonment and is not eligible
for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from
confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by section
31-233, subsection A or B until the person has served thirty-five
years or the sentence is commuted..."
Arizona State Legislature
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