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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

California Votes For Lifetime Satellite Monitoring of Sex Offenders

From An initiative cracking down on sex offenders won a resounding victory Tuesday in California. Known as "Jessica's Law" for child victim Jessica Lunsford, the measure will require more prison time, lifetime satellite monitoring and new limitations on how close sex offenders can live to schools or parks.

Proponents said the initiative would save lives. It includes sentences of 15 years to life for crimes such as rape and child molestation.

Opponents countered that much of what's in Proposition 83 is covered by recent legislation, and that the costs of monitoring tracking devices worn by offenders and building and maintaining institutions would be too high. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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