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President Poised to Sign Adam’s Law Tomorrow

Posted by thelamp on July 27, 2006

 Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, 6-year-old Adam Walsh was kidnapped and subsequently murdered in Florida. On the anniversary of his abduction, President Bush is scheduled to sign an important bill into law that will surely help deter and prosecute sexual predators like Adam’s assailant, who was never captured.

The House of Representatives passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act Tuesday, sending the legislation to President Bush. The Senate had passed the bill last week.

Once it becomes law, the bill will establish a national Internet database that will tell community officials, including law enforcement officers, where convicted sex offenders live, work or attend school. The registry would be publicly available.

Offenders would be required to register in person – the most serious offenders would be registered for life. Offenders could be sentenced to 10 years in prison for failing to keep their database information updated.

The bill also sets federal mandatory minimum sentences of 25 years for kidnapping or seriously wounding a child, and 30 years for having sex with a child under the age of 12 or for sexually assaulting a child ages 13 to 17. In addition, the bill establishes education grants and provides funds for prosecutors and forensic scientists to prosecute cases of Internet pornography.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that there are more than half a million registered sex offenders in the United States, and another 100,000 or so are either not registered or have incorrect registration information on file with local authorities.

CMC welcomes this important law, which will provide significant resources to battle pornography and violent crimes against children.


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