BRADLEY SUPPORTS STRENGTHENING AMERICA'S COMMUNITIES

From The Office of Congressman Jeb Bradley

For Immediate Release - Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Contact - Stephanie DuBois, (202) 225-5456

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Legislation passed by the House today will protect safety of children, judges, law enforcement personnel

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, First District Congressman Jeb Bradley supported legislation that will help to protect our children from sex offenders, secure the safety of judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers and their family members, and combat gang violence. H.R. 4472, the Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act, passed the House of Representatives by voice vote earlier today and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

"Of the more than 500,000 convicted sex offenders living in the United States today, approximately 150,000 of them are missing. Sadly, too many sex offenders have been able to skirt registration requirements," stated Bradley. "By strengthening our sex offender registry, we can better track offenders and hopefully prevent future terrible crimes against children from occurring."

H.R. 4472 would toughen child safety protections by:

  • Strengthening the effectiveness of the sex offender registry by requiring states to notify each other when sex offenders move from one state to another, improving verification systems for sex offender information, and creating a new criminal penalty of a maximum 20-year jail sentence for sex offenders who fail to comply with registration requirements;  and
  • Protecting foster children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

Additionally, the bill would enhance judicial security and prevent gang violence by:

  • Stiffening criminal penalties for crimes against federal judges and law enforcement officers as well as victims, witnesses, jurors and informants; and
  • Creating mandatory minimum sentences for gang-related and violent crimes.