Commit one sex offense in Texas...you're looking at a minimum of 25 years in prison... Become a repeat offender...you may be looking at the death penalty.
That is...if Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst gets his way.
The get-tough measure to punish sex offenders who abuse children was filed today in Austin.
The measure, called Jessica's Law would create:
They worry the tougher measures could make it harder to get convictions in cases that are already difficult to prosecute -- and could lead to even more violence against children.
Governor Rick Perry has given the bill emergency status for the session.
'Jessica's Law' is named for Jessica Lunsford, a nine-year old Florida child who was murdered in 2005 by a registered sex offender who lived near her home.
The law, or some form of the law has already been passed in 26 states. (see map)
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