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 Illinois.
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
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.
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21 Jul 2006 16:17 PDT
From the Sun Times July 3, 2006:
State to track more sex offenders
"The state is expanding a program that uses global positioning system
technology to monitor convicted sex offenders. The Illinois Department
of Corrections has operated a GPS monitoring pilot program since July
2005 that can accommodate up to 250 high-risk sex offenders. On
Sunday, Gov. Blagojevich signed a package of legislation targeting sex
offenders, including one measure that expands the GPS monitoring
program to all paroled sex offenders who are required to register with
local authorities when released from prison. Under the pilot program,
high-risk sex offenders were outfitted with ankle bracelets and
transmitters. The devices send signals to a parole officer's computer,
allowing the officer to track offenders and ensure they stay away from
schools and day-care centers. Corrections spokesman Sergio Molina said
there are about 1,100 sex offenders on parole in the state. He did not
know how many are being tracked by GPS equipment. At least four other
states now use GPS equipment to track convicted sex offenders, and
several other states are considering such a program. Other measures
signed into law Sunday include an extension of the amount of time
certain victims of sexual assault have to report an attack, from two
years to three."
GPS for Sex Offenders
"Illinois will now use a program that uses Global Positioning System
(GPS) technology to track about 1,100 convicted sex offenders that are
Jessica Lunsford a 9-yr-old child murdered in 2005 by a convicted sex
offender living nearby.
Illinois Family Institute
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