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After 9 Years, NJ Adopts Jessica Lunsford Act

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Yesterday, Governor Christie ceremonially signed the Jessica Lunsford Act into law. Jessica was a 9 year-old girl who was abducted, raped, and buried alive back in 2005 in Florida. Efforts have been made since then to sign the Jessica Lunsford Act in New Jersey, which increases penalties for people convicted of sexually assaulting a child under 13.

The act was first proposed back in 2005, less than 11 weeks after Jessica Lunsford’s wrongful death. The act took six legislative sessions to pass. As of yesterday, nine years later, the bill has finally been signed positioning the Jessica Lunsford Act into full effect in the Garden State.

Jessica’s father, Mark Lunsford, was at the signing in Trenton yesterday and he spoke very emotionally of his daughter and why this act is so important.

“Instead of you stalking our children, we are stalking you,” Lunsford warned.

The Jessica Lunsford Act has been in place in Florida since May of 2005. Governor Jeb Bush signed the bill just nine weeks after the abduction and murder of the 9 year-old. New Jersey is one of the last states to implement a version of the Jessica Lunsford Act. Now, the act will create a mandatory 25-year prison term without parole for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting a child under 13 in New Jersey.


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