Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased to be an original co-sponsor of the "Child Protection Reauthorization Act", which extends certain provisions under the Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act that are set to expire later this year.
The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act created a sex offender registry and placed tough restrictions and stiff penalties on child pornography, sex offenders, and sexual predators. Unfortunately, certain provisions in this law will expire later this year and the reauthorization of the "Child Protection Act", which Ros-Lehtinen is co-sponsoring, will remedy this serious flaw in the original law.
The Child Proclamation Act consists of:
Authorizing state and local law enforcement agencies to verify the addresses of registered sex offenders.
Allowing appropriations of funds for the state and local governments to outfit convicted sex offenders with electronic monitoring devices.
Assisting law enforcement agencies to examine the use of the internet to investigate sexual abuse of children
A Direct Fugitive Safe Surrender- a U.S Marshals Service Program, which allows fugitives to turn themselves in voluntarily. In addition allows the fugitive to have a nonviolent case adjudicated immediately.
Requiring federal law enforcements to use their resources to apprehend sexual offenders who violate terms of their registration requirements and deem any individual in violation of fugitive.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "Protecting our children should be our number one priority and this re-authorization seeks to do just that by assuring that provisions safeguarding our children from sexual predators will not be allowed to expire. I urge my colleagues to support this common sense bill."
The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act is named after Adam Walsh, a young boy from south Miami-Dade County who was raped and killed by a local farm hand.