Jessica’s Law

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I have a pretty heavy topic to discuss today; our children and protecting them from sex offenders.

Since becoming a Mommy a little over a year ago, this very subject has been tugging at my heart-strings more and more everyday.

Each state has its own laws.  Some states are pretty great at making sure those evil doers that prey on the innocent never do it again.  Others, not-so-much.  Sadly, our current state, Hawaii, happens to be one of the more lenient states.

“Jessica’s Law” or the Jessica Lunsford Act, mandates a 25 year minimum sentence and maximum of life in prison for first-time child sex offenders.  Jessica’s Law has been passed fully, or in part, in 43 states.  Read about what happened to Jessica Lunsford here.

I recently saw Bill O’Reilly interview Senator Slom regarding this law and why it hasn’t passed in Hawaii.  Here’s the full interview.  While I love almost everything about Hawaii, I can’t help but feel disgusted that this beautiful state we currently call “home” hasn’t passed Jessica’s Law.

Our kids, known as “Keiki”, are said to be one of the most important things here in Hawaii.  You wouldn’t know that by looking at the laws to protect them again sex offenders.

Senator Slom tried to bring a bill modeled after Jessica’s Law to the senate but was unsuccessful.  Senator Slom mentioned, in his interview with Bill O’Reilly, “Instead, a bill came forth that was supported by the local prosecutors and by the judiciary chairman and that bill made sexual offenses a minimum of six years, eight months; but it only applies to offenses against children 11 years of age and under.”

Are you freaking kidding me?  Six years, eight months?!  SIX YEARS, EIGHT MONTHS!!!  And this only applies to those aged 11 and under?  What about the rest of the “keiki”?

 

I’m going to write several letters to Congress and the Senate here in Hawaii about Jessica’s Law.  Will you?
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