Congressman Trent Franks Lauds Passage of the Child Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2006
House of Representatives Passes H.R. 4472
July 25, 2006The House of Representatives today by voice vote approved H.R. 4472, the Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2006. Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) supported this bill throughout the hearings conducted by the Committee on the Judiciary, of which he is a member.
"Safeguarding our nation's children should always be of the highest priority. Parents must be empowered to protect their children and they should know if a sex offender is lurking in their neighborhood. The bill Congress passed today helps make this a reality. It also sends a message to the most depraved kind of predatorthose who prey on children. That message is: The American people will not tolerate crimes against children, or any violent crime against innocent Americans, to go unpunished. I will continue to do my best to protect our children from the human wolves in our society that would do them violence or desecrate their innocence," remarked Congressman Franks.
The Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2006, among other things:
· Implements stiff penalties for killing or violent attacks of children - death penalty for murder and mandatory minimum of 25 years for kidnapping or maiming a child, and a mandatory minimum of 10 years for causing serious bodily injury to a child or using a weapon to attack a child
· Establishes tough 30-year mandatory minimum penalties for having sex with a child under 12, or sexually assaulting a child between 13 and 17
· Increases the time period for sex offenders to remain on the registry and requires states to maintain an Internet site with sex offender information
· Adopts strict requirements that sex offenders and states register sex offenders, keep information current, and immediately share information with other jurisdictions as to where a sex offender resides, works and is employed
Adds important information to sex offender registries, mandates collection of DNA from sex offenders, and increases frequency of in-person verification of sex offender information
Trent Franks is the Congressman from the 2nd Congressional District of Arizona. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and Vice Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee