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We the citizens of the State of New Mexico believe that it is in the best interest of society, justice, and crime prevention that we pass comprehensive legislation to protect our children from sexually violent offenders. In order to proactively protect our children from these criminals we request that the New Mexico House and Senate, with your support, pass a version of Jessica's Law here in New Mexico that would mirror the legislation already passed in Florida, Arizona, and Louisiana. The Bureau of Justice reports that sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison (5.3\% of sex offenders versus 1.3\% of non-sex offenders). Listed below are just a few examples of why we believe that this law is crucial for the State of New Mexico.

-In Missouri, 19-year old Darrell Jackson pleaded guilty to repeatedly sexually abusing a little girl, beginning when she was just eight. When Jackson came up for sentencing, the judge gave him four months in prison and five years probation.
-In Minnesota, Joseph Duncan stood in front of a judge, accused of molesting a young boy. Despite the fact that Duncan had previously served 16 years for raping another young boy at gunpoint, the judge released him on just $15,000 bail. Duncan promptly skipped bail and headed for Idaho, where he allegedly kidnapped, raped, and killed a 9-year old boy, molested his sister, and killed their family.
-Most recently in Vermont Judge Edward Cashman presided over a trial in which 34-year old Mark Hulett confessed to raping a little girl from the time she was six until she was 10 years old. After pleading guilty to the charges and admitting that he also let his friend rape her, Judge Cashman sentenced this guy to just 60 days in jail!
-Little Jessica Lunsford was only nine years old when she was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in Florida by a registered sex offender. John Couey confessed to these crimes while in custody on charges of leaving the state that he was registered in as a sex offender. Jessica's remains were found shortly there after in a garbage bag. He had a very long track record of run-ins with law enforcement in addition to the previous sex charges.

Without new legislation we feel that it is only a matter of time until this happens here in our state. The first and foremost problem is that there is too much judicial discretion when it comes to sentencing these criminals due to a lack of mandatory minimum sentencing requirements. In order to provide equal justice under the law, and to have punishment that is appropriate for the crime, we petition for a minimum 25 year sentence for a first time offender and life in prison with no possibility of parole for a subsequent offence.
It is also imperative that we give our law enforcement the tools they need to keep track of released child molesters. Fox's America's Most Wanted reports that out of approximately 500,000 convicted sex offenders in America that about 100,000 (20\%) of these people are lost in the system. We can no longer just expect released offenders to register with law enforcement. Included in Jessica's Law is a provision that would require all released pedophiles to wear a GPS monitoring device to ensure that law enforcement can be informed of their whereabouts.

Listed below are the two key elements of Jessica's Law

Mandatory Minimum- Anyone who is at least 18 years of age who is convicted of sexual battery or forcible rape against a child under the age of 13 would be required to serve a prison term no less than 25 years and up to and including life in prison. Anyone convicted of a subsequent offence would automatically be sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole.
GPS monitoring- Upon being paroled or released from prison the offender must agree to wear a GPS tracking device. This system will immediately notify police if the offender comes within close proximity to a school or a day care facility. Unlawful removal of the monitoring device would be a felony.

In addition to the above provisions set forth by Jessica's Law we also suggest that the state legislature consider adopting these following clauses.

Gubernatorial discretion- We would also like a provision that would allow the governor to hold convicted molesters beyond their prison terms if he/she believes that they pose a high risk to society because they will re-offend after their release.
Parole eligibility- In order for a convicted offender to be eligible for parole, he/she must undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine if he/she still has a high likelihood of re-offending. The offender would have to be evaluated by a psychologist, who would then determine if the offender still poses a threat to society.
Automatic flight risk- This clause would automatically classify anyone arrested for child molestation, whereas Jessica's Law would be applicable, as an automatic flight risk. Therefore, the accused would not be able to bail out and flee the country before trial or worse yet, hurt another child.
Protective sweep- This would give law enforcement the power to enter the home of a convicted sex offender without a warrant and perform a protective sweep if they are searching for a missing child. This clause would only apply if law enforcement is looking for a missing child and would only grant power to conduct a protective sweep.

Thank you for your time on this very important issue.
Sincerely, the undersigned

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    Do you live in New Mexico? No Zip Code 87532 If you ask me, this isn't strict enough.
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    Do you live in New Mexico? No Zip Code 87016 Our current laws are sub par...the legislature needs to take the initiative and enact tougher laws. I am sick of seeing children mistreated and offenders getting off with just a slap on the wrist.
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Ethel WernerBy:
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New Mexico's Legislature, and Governor

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