Victim’s father lobbies for stricter sex offender penalties in New Jersey

    The father of a young victim will be in New Jersey today to discuss Jessica’s Law. Named for his daughter, Jessica Lunsford, the law has created stricter penalties in many states for child sex offenders.

    Jessica Lunsford was in third grade when she was raped and murdered in 2005 in Florida by a convicted sex offender. Her father, Mark Lunsford, will be in New Jersey today where Republican Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz of Summit has sponsored the bill Mark Lunsford helped pass in Florida, the Associated Press reports.

    The law outlines mandatory prison sentences and establishes home monitoring guidelines to prevent those convicted from re-offending.


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