Freeholder Chairman Jim Curcio, Freeholder Frank Giordano, and District 2 Freeholder Candidate Frank Formica today renewed their calls for the State Legislature to immediately pass the Jessica Lunsford Act. The act is co-sponsored by Atlantic County Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina.
?As thousands of kids in Atlantic County and throughout New Jersey begin the new school year, protecting our children should be front and center on the mind of every legislator in Trenton,? said Freeholder Chairman Jim Curcio. ?Protecting our children is certainly on the mind of Assemblymen Amodeo and Polistina as evidenced by their co-sponsorship of the Jessica Lunsford Act.?
?We made great progress in protecting our children when we strengthened Megan?s Law,? said Amodeo. ?That expedited communication within communities and raised awareness to potential problems?but we can do more.?
Earlier this year Freeholder Frank Giordano sponsored a resolution which unanimously passed the Freeholder Board calling on the state legislature to pass the ?Jessica Lunsford Act? which would also establish child protection zones by making it a crime of the fourth degree for a sex offender whose risk of re-offense has been assessed as high to reside within proximity of an elementary or secondary school, playground or child care center.
?The Corzine Democrats continued refusal to allow an up or down vote on the Jessica?s Lunsford Act is yet another example of their failed leadership in Trenton and the reason why the Freeholder Board was prompted to pass that resolution,? said Freeholder Frank Giordano. ?Every parent in Atlantic County should be outraged by the blatant disregard for the safety of our families that is on display in Trenton.?
?We have a responsibility to ensure that our schools and playgrounds are safe havens for our children to learn and play. The Jessica Lunsford Act will further protect these areas from individuals wishing to take advantage of such situations,? said Polistina.
The bill also mandates stricter penalties for sexual predators and would require a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and lifetime electronic monitoring of adults convicted of lewd or lascivious acts against a victim less than 12 years old.
?The passage of the Jessica Lunsford Act will send a clear message that the citizens of New Jersey are serious about protecting our children and keeping child predators off the streets,? said District 2 Freeholder Candidate Frank Formica. ?Atlantic County Freeholders have a solemn responsibility in ensuring the safety of our communities for our neighbors, family and friends.?
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