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Muñoz-Sponsored “Jessica Lunsford Act” Approved by Senate

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

The State Senate approved bipartisan legislation today known as the “Jessica Lunsford Act” which increases the criminal penalties on those who commit sex crimes against minors. Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, is the prime sponsor of the legislation.

Nancy Munoz

“I am grateful to all those who support the effort to increase the penalties on pedophiles who prey on society’s most vulnerable and innocent victims – our children,” said Muñoz. “Such a heinous act inflicts tremendous damage on their physical, psychological and emotional state. It takes a toll on their families and loved ones as well. This law sends a message of how much we value young people and that such despicable behavior will not be tolerated in New Jersey.”

The bill, A-892/S-215, establishes a sentence of between 25 years and life imprisonment for aggravated sexual assault of a victim less than 13 years old. The bill also establishes a period of parole ineligibility of at least 25 years for a person convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a victim less than 13 years old. In addition, if a victim is unable to testify at trial, a prosecutor would be permitted to negotiate a plea agreement for a prison term of at least 15 years without parole.

Muñoz’ Assembly colleagues, Jerry Green, Mary Pat Angelini and Alison McHose are the other primary sponsors of the legislation as well as 45 additional co-sponsors in the Assembly.

The bill now goes to Gov. Christie for his consideration.

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State Senate to vote Thursday on Jessica Lunsford Act

Source: Shore News Today -

A state Senate vote on the Jessica Lunsford Act has been scheduled for Thursday, March 27, according to the District 9 delegation, which has cosponsored the legislation in both state houses.

The vote is the final legislative hurdle for the bill to be sent to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk for approval. It was passed 77-0 Thursday, March 20, by the state Assembly.

That same day it was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, clearing it for this week’s floor vote.

Galloway resident Anna Jezycki said she is hopeful for the act to become law.

“This has been going on for so many years,” Jezycki said. “It would be one of the best things that ever happened for New Jersey.”

For the past dozen or so years, Jezycki has been the leader of CUFFS, Community United for Family Safety, which she started with some neighbors when they learned of a sex offender living near a school bus stop.

“This is long overdue,” Jezycki said. “It’s been a long time coming and will be well accepted by the people.”

She said she expects that if Gov. Christie considers whether to sign the bill, the governor will remember receiving thousands of letters from CUFFS a few years ago during a previous attempt at sex-offender legislation.

The District 9 senator and Assembly members who represent Galloway and Port Republic in Atlantic County and coastal communities to the north have been pushing for the legislation for a while based – in part – on input from Galloway residents.

“For nearly a decade, our delegation has cosponsored and consistently advocated in favor of enacting the Jessica Lunsford Act, here in New Jersey, just as at least 25 other states have done,” Sen. Christopher J. Connors told The Current Monday, March 24. “Mandatory sentencing would serve the interest of public safety, as sexual predators who prey upon children would be incarcerated for longer periods of time as opposed to being released onto the streets.”

The act, which is named after a Florida girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a convicted sex offender, requires mandatory terms for persons convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 13. Sentences would range between 25 years and life imprisonment, with 25 years having to be served before parole eligibility.

Brian Rumpf

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf said victims’ interests would be better served.

“The courts would be enabled under the law to mandate that sexual predators serve sentences befitting of the heinous nature of their crimes,” Rumpf said. “For these and other compelling reasons, there is tremendous support for the Jessica Lunsford Act among concerned parents, grandparents, community groups and local public officials, including in our legislative district, who remain actively engaged in the effort to strengthen the state’s sexual offender laws.”

Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove cited strong support from two major forces.

DiAnne Gove

“It is extremely important to note that this legislation is supported by Mark Lunsford, Jessica’s father, who has worked tireless for Jessica’s Law to be enacted by every state so that a conviction of a sexual assault committed against a child in the first degree carries with it a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 25 years,” Gove said. “Critical to the continued advancement of this legislation is that both the Senate and Assembly versions of the Jessica Lunsford Act have strong bipartisan support from representatives across the state.”

The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed its version of the act, A-892, Feb. 24. The Judiciary Committee was the only committee to hear A-892 before it moved to its unanimous Assembly approval March 20.

In the Senate, it required approval from two committees to reach this week’s vote. The Law and Public Safety Committee approved S-215 Jan. 30 and the Budget and Appropriations Committee OK’d it March 13.

The 9th District delegation has established an online petition drive in support of the Jessica Lunsford Act as well as other sex offender legislation that residents can sign at district9.senatenj.com.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove are also prime sponsors of legislation that would require a sexual offender to be tiered – rated on the risk for re-offense – prior to his release from prison.

Currently, the ability of an offender to obtain housing following release is a determined by his tiering level.

Information on Megan’s Law and the New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry can be found on the State Attorney General’s website: www.njsp.org/info/reg_sexoffend.html.

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Angelini-McHose’s ‘Jessica Lunsford Act’ Advances

Press Release - Bipartisan legislation known as the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” which imposes a stringent prison sentence and parole ineligibility terms for convicted pedophiles who assault minors, today moved closer to implementation following approval by the General Assembly.

Bill sponsors, Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, said they are hopeful the measure will soon be law. Jessica was abducted and murdered nine years ago by a registered pedophile.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Sexual assault against a child is revolting. As lawmakers it’s our duty to fully utilize the legal system to afford our children the protections they deserve. That’s why the Jessica Lunsford Act is one of the most significant public safety bills to come before the Legislature,” said Angelini, R-Monmouth. “I would like to thank my colleagues for their continued bipartisan support of this legislation which will keep pedophiles off our streets and away from our children. I look forward to its implementation in the near future.”

The legislation was initially sponsored by the late Assemblyman Eric Muñoz in 2005. Muñoz’ wife, Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, is the bill’s prime sponsor.

“The overwhelming bipartisan support shown for this bill today is encouraging as it moves the Jessica Lunsford Act another step closer to becoming law,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “I am hopeful that members of the Senate will soon follow suit. This stringent legislation will protect our children and ensure that individuals who commit such heinous acts will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Alison Littell McHose

The measure, A-892, imposes a mandatory prison term of 25 years to life without possibility of parole for at least 25 years for persons convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 13. Parole ineligibility may be extended beyond the minimum 25 years if the convicted sex offender has been convicted of other crimes. In addition, if a victim is unable to testify, a prosecutor would be permitted to negotiate a plea agreement for a prison term of at least 15 years without parole.

Jessica Lunsford was a nine-year-old Florida resident who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a registered sex offender.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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Muñoz-Sponsored “Jessica Lunsford Act” Released by Committee

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

The Assembly Judiciary Committee today released bipartisan legislation known as the “Jessica Lunsford Act” which increases the criminal penalties on those who commit sex crimes against minors.

The bill, A-892, is sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz, and establishes a sentence of between 25 years and life imprisonment for aggravated sexual assault of a victim less than 13 years old. The bill also establishes a period of parole ineligibility of at least 25 years for a person convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a victim less than 13 years old. In addition, if a victim is unable to testify at trial, a prosecutor would be permitted to negotiate a plea agreement for a prison term of at least 15 years without parole.

Nancy Munoz

“Pedophiles who prey on innocent victims will now face stronger penalties that will help protect the most vulnerable in our society – our children,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “Robbing our youth of their innocence has a tremendous impact on their physical, psychological and emotional state, and takes a toll on their families and loved ones as well. This kind of larceny must result in severe punishment that sends a message of how much we value young people and that such detestable actions will not be tolerated in New Jersey.”

The legislation was initially sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Muñoz in 2005 and has received committee approvals in prior legislative sessions. It finally received unanimous approval by the General Assembly in Feb. 2013.

After Assemblyman Muñoz passed away in March 2009, he was succeeded by his wife, Nancy F. Muñoz, who has been the primary sponsor of the legislation ever since, including the current bill.

“My husband was intent on passing this important legislation and I am proud to continue the effort,” stated Muñoz. “The support and perseverance of all the sponsors is testimony to the importance of the Jessica Lunsford Act.”

This bill is named after Jessica Lunsford, who was a nine-year-old Florida resident and was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a registered sex offender, John Couey. Couey received the death penalty in August 2007, but died in federal prison in September 2009. Today is the ninth anniversary of Jessica’s kidnapping.

Eric Muñoz introduced the original bill after learning the details of Jessica Lunsford’s death and he invited Mr. Lunsford to New Jersey in 2005 to advocate for the legislation. Assemblywoman Muñoz met with Mr. Lunsford in New Jersey in March 2011 and June 2012 to again speak about his support for the “Jessica Lunsford Act.” Lunsford has been an ardent supporter of the “Jessica Lunsford Act” across the country and is working with federal lawmakers on a national “Jessica Lunsford Act.”

Muñoz’ Assembly colleagues, Jerry Green, Mary Pat Angelini and Alison McHose are other primary sponsors of the legislation as well as 40 additional co-sponsors.

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Bill Sponsors Angelini-McHose on ‘Jessica Lunsford Act:’ Let’s Get It Done

Press Release – Bipartisan legislation known as the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” which imposes a stringent prison sentence and parole ineligibility terms for convicted pedophiles who assault minors, today cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Bill sponsors, Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, call it “common sense” legislation whose time is long overdue. Today marks the 9th year anniversary of Jessica’s abduction.

Mary Pat Angelini

“This measure, in various forms, has circled through the Legislature for years. It is unconscionable that it is not yet law in New Jersey,” said Angelini, R-Monmouth. “The role of government is to protect our citizens, especially the most vulnerable such as children. Sexual assault against a child is revolting and those individuals who commit such acts need to know they are going away for a very long time. This isn’t rocket science, it’s simple common sense.”

The legislation was initially sponsored by the late Assemblyman Eric Muñoz in 2005. Muñoz’ wife, Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, is the bill’s prime sponsor.

“New Jersey is one of the few remaining states in the nation that has not yet enacted Jessica’s Law,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “We must take a stand against sexual crimes against children and against those criminals who specifically target children. Children are among the most vulnerable members of society. The physical and emotional harm done them, as well as the trauma suffered by their families and communities, deserves the strongest possible response by the justice system.”

Alison Littell McHose

The measure, A-892, imposes a mandatory prison term of 25 years to life without possibility of parole for at least 25 years for persons convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 13. Parole ineligibility may be extended beyond the minimum 25 years if the convicted sex offender has been convicted of other crimes. In addition, if a victim is unable to testify, a prosecutor would be permitted to negotiate a plea agreement for a prison term of at least 15 years without parole.

Jessica Lunsford was a nine-year-old Florida resident who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a registered sex offender.

The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee last month unanimously approved S-215, which is identical to the Assembly version.

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MUÑOZ-SPONSORED “JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT” APPROVED BY ASSEMBLY

Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz / 908-918-0414

February 21, 2013

The General Assembly today unanimously passed the “Jessica Lunsford Act” which increases the criminal penalties on those who commit sex crimes against minors. The bill, A-2027, is sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz and establishes a sentence of between 25 years and life imprisonment for aggravated sexual assault of a victim less than 13 years old. The bill also establishes a period of parole ineligibility of at least 25 years for a person convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a victim less than 13 years old.

The legislation was initially sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Muñoz in 2005 and has received committee approvals in prior legislative sessions, but was never posted for a vote in the General Assembly. After Assemblyman Muñoz passed away in March 2009, he was succeeded by his wife, Nancy F. Muñoz, who has been the primary sponsor of the legislation ever since, including the current bill.

“Pedophiles who prey on innocent victims will now face stronger penalties that will help protect the most vulnerable in our society – our children,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “Robbing our youth of their innocence has a tremendous impact on their physical, psychological and emotional state, and takes a toll on their families and loved ones as well. This kind of larceny must result in severe punishment that sends a message of how much we value young people and that such detestable actions will not be tolerated in New Jersey.

“My husband was intent on passing this important legislation and I am proud to continue the effort,” stated Muñoz. “The support and perseverance of all the sponsors is testimony to the importance of the Jessica Lunsford Act.”

The legislation has 45 Assembly sponsors.

This bill is named after Jessica Lunsford, who was a nine-year-old Florida resident and was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a registered sex offender, John Couey. Couey received the death penalty in August 2007, but died in federal prison in September 2009.

Eric Muñoz introduced the original bill after learning the details of Jessica Lunsford’s death and he invited Mr. Lunsford to New Jersey in 2005 to advocate for the legislation. Assemblywoman Muñoz met with Mr. Lunsford in New Jersey in March 2011 and June 2012 to again speak about his support for the “Jessica Lunsford Act.” Lunsford has been an ardent supporter of the “Jessica Lunsford Act” across the country and is working with federal lawmakers on a national “Jessica Lunsford Act.”

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ANGELINI-McHOSE-SPONSORED ‘JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT’ APPROVED BY ASSEMBLY

Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose / 973-300-0200

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini / 732-531-1045

February 21, 2013

A bipartisan bill known as the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” which imposes a stringent prison sentence and parole ineligibility terms for convicted pedophiles who assault minors, was approved today by the General Assembly. Prime sponsors, Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose call it “common sense” legislation.

The measure, A-2027, imposes a mandatory prison term of 25 years to life without possibility of parole for at least 25 years for persons convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 13. Parole ineligibility may be extended beyond the minimum 25 years if the convicted sex offender has been convicted of other crimes. In addition, if a victim is unable to testify, a prosecutor would be permitted to negotiate a plea agreement for a prison term of at least 15 years without parole.

The legislation, initially sponsored by the late Assemblyman Eric Muñoz in 2005, received committee approvals in the three prior legislative sessions, but has never been posted for a vote before the General Assembly. Muñoz’ wife, Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, is also a prime sponsor of the bill.

“This measure, in various forms, has circled through the Legislature for years. It is unconscionable that it is not yet law in New Jersey,” said Angelini, R-Monmouth. “The role of government is to protect our citizens, especially the most vulnerable such as children. Sexual assault against a child is revolting and those individuals who commit such acts need to know they are going away for a very long time. This isn’t rocket science, it’s simple common sense.”

“New Jersey is one of the few remaining states in the nation that has not yet enacted Jessica’s Law,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “We must take a stand against sexual crimes against children and against those criminals who specifically target children. Children are among the most vulnerable members of society. The physical and emotional harm done them, as well as the trauma suffered by their families and communities, deserves the strongest possible response by the justice system.”

Jessica Lunsford was a nine-year-old Florida resident who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a registered sex offender.

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MUÑOZ-SPONSORED “JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT” RECEIVES COMMITTEE APPROVAL

Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz / 908-918-0414

Sept. 27, 2012

The Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the “Jessica Lunsford Act” that revises and increases the criminal penalties on those who commit sex crimes against minors. The bill, A-2027, imposes a mandatory term of imprisonment on persons convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 13.

The legislation was initially sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Muñoz in 2005 and has received committee approvals in the three prior legislative sessions, but was never posted for a vote in the General Assembly. After Assemblyman Muñoz passed away in March 2009, he was succeeded by his wife, Nancy F. Muñoz, who has been the primary sponsor of the legislation ever since, including the current bill.

“New Jersey’s children need to be protected from pedophiles who prey on innocent victims,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “The overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation shows that our state will protect and defend its citizens, especially children. My husband was intent on passing this important legislation and I am proud to continue the effort. The support and perseverance of all the sponsors is testimony to the importance of the Jessica Lunsford Act. I hope that Speaker Oliver will post this bill for a vote as soon as possible.”

The legislation reported out of committee on Thursday has 41 Assembly sponsors.

Under Muñoz’s bill, a person convicted of aggravated sexual assault on someone under the age of 13, is guilty of a first degree crime. Under the new legislation, the assailant would be sentenced to a specific term of years fixed by the court. The term would be between 25 years and life imprisonment, of which the person must serve 25 years before being eligible for parole.

This bill is similar to Florida’s “Jessica Lunsford Act.” Jessica Lunsford was a nine-year-old Florida resident, who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a registered sex offender, John Couey. Couey received the death penalty in August 2007, but died in federal prison in September 2009.

Eric Muñoz introduced the original bill after learning the details of Jessica Lunsford’s death and he invited Mr. Lunsford to New Jersey in 2005 to advocate for the legislation. Assemblywoman Muñoz met with Mr. Lunsford in New Jersey in March 2011 and June 2012 to again speak about his support for the “Jessica Lunsford Act.”

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Connors/Rumpf/Gove’s Jessica Lunsford Act advances

Assemblyman Brian Rumpf called it a “good first step, but there’s still work to do,” following the passage of the Jessica Lunsford Act (S-380/S-642) by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee on Monday, June 4. The committee passed the two bills with a unanimous 5-0 vote, according to the Ninth District Legislative Office.

The bills must now go before the state senate as a whole for a vote. Rumpf said he hopes that since the bill moved through the committee in the beginning of the month, it would go before the Senate by the end of June, and that the bill in the Assembly could move at the same pace. Assembly bill A-2027 is essentially the same bill as S642.

From: Patch

More, from: Shore News Today

The Jessica Lunsford Act, co-sponsored by 9thDistrict Sen. Christopher J. Connors, was passed by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee Monday, June 4.

Connors, along with 9th District Assembly members Brian E. Rumpf and DiAnne C. Gove, hailed the passage of the legislation named for Jessica Lunsford, a Florida girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a sex offender.

“Our Delegation wholeheartedly supports the Jessica Lunsford Act as a comprehensive effort to expand protections under state law for children and communities as a whole,” it reads. “Strengthening penalties for sexual predators as provided for under this legislation would only further serve the very intent of Megan’s Law by ensuring the punishment fits the heinous nature of the crime.

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Rumpf, Gove seeking public’s support to tighten laws against sex offenders

Nearly a decade ago former Beachwood mayor Harold Morris found out that a man who had raped a young girl was living in the borough, not far from a school bus stop. The man had lived there for months without the knowledge of any local authorities.  It turns out that as part of New Jersey’s Megan’s Law, sexual offenders are not classified until after they are released from prison and it can take several months before even the police are aware that one is living in their community.  Morris felt strongly that the classification process should be completed before a sex offender leaves prison so local officials and residents are aware of who is living in their neighborhood.  To that end he helped launch a petition drive to close that loophole and more than 10,000 people signed it but the state legislature never took action.

Morris has refused to let the issue die and he has found support from 9th District Senator Chris Connors as well as Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove.  The trio are co-sponsors of the Jessica Lunsford Act, also known as Jessica’s Law which would strengthen Megan’s Law and offer added protection to children from sexual predators.
From WOBM.

As part of that legislation convicted sex offenders would be prohibited from living near schools, playgrounds and child care centers and they would have to be classified or “tiered” before they leave prison, which law enforcement officials have sought for years.

The 9th district lawmakers are turning to the public to convince others in Trenton that there is support for stronger and tougher laws so they have launched an online petition drive through their legislative website district9.senatenj.com.

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