Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Children's Safety Act Passes House
Bill Includes Provisions Introduced by Schiff
WASHINGTON, DC - Today the House passed the "Children's Safety Act" (H.R. 3132), a comprehensive bill to crack down on sex offenders who prey on children. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is a co-sponsor of this legislation and he authored provisions in the bill including an incentive for states who require lifetime electronic monitoring (GPS) of sex offenders. States that meet the following minimum requirements within three years of enactment will receive a 10% bonus in law enforcement grants:
- Lifetime electronic monitoring for a released sex offender where the victim was under 12 years old.
- Lifetime electronic monitoring for a released sex offender where a minor was a victim and where the offender had a prior sex offense conviction.
- Electronic monitoring during probation, parole, or supervised release for all other sex offenders where a minor was a victim.
The House also passed an amendment to this bill offered by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congressman Schiff. The amendment provides funding for advanced technology training for law enforcement. Many crimes committed against children use the internet and it is essential that law enforcement has access to all of the latest technology.
"As a father and former prosecutor, I have no higher priority than combating the serious threat posed by sex offenders that prey on our children," said Schiff. "This bill dramatically increases penalties and provides important tools to law enforcement. I hope the Senate also acts quickly so we can send this bill to the President."
Congressman Schiff is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles and the co-founder of the Democratic Study Group on National Security. He is a member of both the House Judiciary and International Relations committees. He represents California's 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.