Committee OKs Bill Giving Juries Option Of Death Penalty For Molesters
POSTED: 9:51 am CST February 22, 2006 UPDATED: 6:21 pm CST February 22, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma's Senate judiciary committee has approved a bill that would give juries the option to sentence repeat child molesters to life without parole or even death.
The entire state Legislature is expected to vote on the proposal soon.
Local police said the law could reduce the number of sex offenses. However, the new law could also provide some peace of mind to the victims of child predators.
Juvenile experts at the Fort Smith Police Department said more severe sentencing can do nothing but help.
"The problem right now is because they keep getting back out. The only thing I think they do is maybe get a little bit smarter about how they are going to do the next victim," said Fort Smith police spokesperson Kris Deason.
The proposal expands on Oklahoma's version of 'Jessica's Law,' which requires lifetime global positioning monitoring of repeat sex offenders.
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