‘Jessica Lunsford Act’ bill passed by Senate

TRENTON – The Senate passed bill S380/A642, the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” which increases penalties of certain sex offenders and persons who harbor them.

The bill passed unanimously, 30-0.

This bill is named for Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old Florida girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a sex offender.

The proposed law in New Jersey is modeled on legislation which was enacted by Florida.

“It will make sure if somebody sexually assaults a child they will be put in jail for a minimum of 25 years,” Sen. Diane Allen, (R-7), Edgewater Park, said.

“I’m thankful we’re going to finally move this bill. It’s very important we get this done.”

The bill also has stringent penalties for harboring sex offenders.

‘Jessica Lunsford Act’ bill passed by Senate