In 2005, Jessica Lunsford was murdered in Florida. A registered sex
offender later confessed to the crime; he's scheduled to go on trial
in Florida this month.
In response to this tragedy, the Florida legislature passed a set of
laws known informally as "Jessica's Law." The informal name of the
act in Florida is "The Jessica Lunsford Act." These laws increased
penalties for sex-related crimes, tightened registration requirements
for sex offenders, and mandated the sharing of criminal background
information among Florida law enforcement agencies (among other
I'm trying to assess the status of Jessica's Law--or legislation
similar to Jessica's law--in the following 12 states:
5. New Hampshire
6. New Jersey
7. New Mexico
8. New York
9. North Carolina
11. South Dakota
Has Jessica's Law been introduced in these states? Did it stall in
the legislature or on the governor's desk? Is a ballot initiative
under way? (I believe that a ballot initiative may be under way in
Washington.) Is it a non-issue--just not on the radar screen? (I
believe this might be the case in New Mexico, for example.) Or did it
pass the legislature?
Citations to government web sites, reputable sources such as the
National Conference of State Legislatures, or reputable news sources
would be acceptable to document the answer to this question.
(Interest group web sites, petitions, and so forth might point us in
the right direction, but they aren't always up-to-date--or even
dated.) If the law has been enacted, a citation to the full text of
the Act would be terrific.
I realize that, in states where Jessica's Law just isn't on the table,
there simply might not be affirmative citations available saying, in
essence, "Jessica's law isn't on the table in this state," so, in
those cases, if you could just provide the search terms you used to
try to locate the information, that would be great.
Thanks very much. I'm happy to provide more information, if you need it.