Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

February 08, 2006
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

Deuell Pledges to Strengthen Child Predator Laws
Will file "Jessica’s Law" in next Legislative Session

AUSTIN - Pledging to take whatever action is necessary to protect the children of Texas, State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) announced today that he is working on legislation to enhance the penalties for individuals convicted of sex crimes involving minor children. The legislation will mirror "Jessica’s Law" which is the model for state legislators across the country.

The law, which would be the most comprehensive sex offender punishment and control reform in the nation, would:

Ensure that all child molesters are put into a prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years or 25 years to life.

Eliminate all "good-time" credits for sex offenders ensuring that these sex offenders are required to serve their entire sentence and will not be released for good behavior.

Electronically monitor convicted sex offenders for life, if they are ever released from prison, through GPS tracking.

Create a 2,000 foot "predator-free" zone around schools and parks to prevent sex offenders from living near where our children learn and play.

"This will be the first bill I file in the next regular legislative session," Deuell said. "We cannot do enough to protect our children."

"Jessica's Law" is named after Jessica Lunsford, who was abducted from her Florida home and sexually assaulted before being murdered. Several states, including Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona, have passed Jessica's Law or it's equivalent.