Jessie’s Law- Jessica Lunsford Act.-The law is named after Jessica Lunsford, a young Florida girl who was raped and murdered in February 2005 by John Couey, a previously convicted sex offender. Public outrage over this case spurred Florida officials to introduce this legislation. Among the key provisions of the law are a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and lifetime electronic monitoring of adults convicted of lewd or lascivious acts against a victim less than 12 years old. In Florida, sexual battery or rape of a child less than twelve years old is punishable only by life imprisonment with no chance of parole.
Meghan’s Law- is an informal name for laws in the United States requiring law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders. Individual states decide what information will be made available and how it should be disseminated. Commonly included information includes the offender's name, picture, address, incarceration date, and nature of crime. The information is often displayed on free public websites, but can be published in newspapers, distributed in pamphlets, or through various other means.
At the federal level, Megan's Law is known as the Sexual Offender (Jacob Wetterling) Act of 1994 and requires persons convicted of sex crimes against children to notify local law enforcement of any change of address or employment after release from custody (prison or psychiatric facility). The notification requirement may be imposed for a fixed period of time - usually at least ten years - or permanently.
Timothy's Law- The law was named after Timothy O’Clair, a boy from Schenectady, NY who committed suicide at age 12 on March 12 2001. Timothy had been diagnosed with several behavioral disorders but had exhausted the mental health benefits on his family's health plan. For the next five years, Timothy's parents petitioned the state government to pass a law that would require health plans to provide coverage for mental health ailments comparable with coverage for physical ailments.
"Timothy's Law" was sponsored by Senator Thomas W. Libous and passed the state senate on September 15 2006. It passed the Assembly and was sent to the governor on December 13 2006 who later signed it into law. The lateness of the passing of the law caused difficulties for health insurers to update their policies and provide training to employees in time for the law's January 1 effective date.
Grace's Law-named for Grace Gleba in Warren County, who was born with a hearing impairment, requires all health insurers to provide up to $1,000 coverage for each hearing aid prescribed for children 15 years old and younger. Families may seek replacements every two years, according to the bill.
Sara’s Law - was a campaign spearheaded by the News of the World newspaper which began in July 2000 in response to the murder of Sarah Payne. Payne's parents backed up the campaign as they were sure that a child sex offender had been responsible for their daughter's death. Their belief was proved correct 17 months later when Roy Whiting was found guilty of killing Payne, and it was revealed that he already had a conviction for abducting and indecently assaulting an eight-year-old girl.
The aim of the campaign was for the government to allow controlled access to the Sex Offenders Register, so parents with young children could know if a child sex-offender was living in their area. Payne's mother has always insisted that such a law would have saved Payne's life.
Amber Alert law- Amber Hagerman (November 25, 1986 – January 15, 1996) was a young girl who became a victim of an abduction and murder. On January 13, 1996, she was riding her bike near her grandparents' home in Arlington, Texas, and was kidnapped soon thereafter. Her murder would later inspire the creation of the AMBER Alert system.
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (Pub.L. 109-248) was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on July 27, 2006. The legislation organizes sex offenders into three tiers, and mandates that Tier 3 offenders (the most serious tier) update their whereabouts every three months with lifetime registration requirements, Tier 2 offenders update their whereabouts every six months with 25 years of registration and Tier 1 offenders (which includes minors as young as 14 years of age) update their whereabouts every year with 15 years of registration . Failure to register and update information is made a felony under the law. It also creates a national sex offender registry and instructs each state and territory to apply identical criteria for posting offender data on the Internet (i.e., offender's name, address, date of birth, place of employment, photograph, etc.)
I would like to know where are the laws that are name after African-Americans, Asia-Americans or Latin-Americans kids. What makes these whites kids more important then other kids who are victims or crimes or have health problems? I personally blame the fucking American Press, if a reporter finds out that two kids are missing at the same time and one is white, blond hair, blue and the other is black, the white child gets all the air time and front page press in almost every local paper.
Friday, May 8, 2009
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