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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Congress Expected to Pass Sex Crime Bill

From Key members of Congress have agreed on a sweeping bill that would create the first national Internet database and laws designed to improve the tracking of convicted sex offenders. The bill aims to help police locate more than 100,000 such offenders who are registered but haven't updated their whereabouts. About 563,000 sex offenders are registered nationwide.

The compromise, reached this week after months of negotiation, would increase minimum sentences for molesters who cross state lines and allow the death penalty for those who murder child victims. It would also increase the number of investigators and prosecutors fighting child pornography.

The bill would also give states money to track high-risk offenders with Global Positioning System devices and require some convicted juveniles to register as sex offenders.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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