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Cramer Passes Bill To Combat Sex Offenders

Location: Washington, DC

Cramer Passes Bill To Combat Sex Offenders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Bud Cramer (D-Ala.) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Children's Safety and Violent Crimes Reduction Act of 2005. This legislation will increase and tighten supervision of sex offenders and will enhance uniform notification standards for tracking predators. Cramer is a cosponsor of this bill.

"We must do more to protect our most vulnerable," said Cramer. "This bill gives our law enforcement officials additional tools to protect our communities from sexual predators."

Today's legislation is comprised of the Children's Safety Act, the Secure Access to Justice and Court Protection Act, and the Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act. The U.S. House of Representatives approved these three bills in 2005.

Last year, Cramer and Representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.) introduced the Sex Offenders Registration and Notification Act. The Cramer-Foley bill would strengthen the ability of federal law enforcement to track convicted sex offenders and improve the methods school districts and neighborhoods are notified about convicted sex offenders. Title 1 of the Children's Safety and Violent Crimes Reduction Act of 2005 includes key language from Cramer and Foley's bill.

Representative Cramer became a leader in children's issues when he served as the District Attorney of Madison County. During that time, he worked extensively with children and families in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Cramer is the founder of the first Children's Advocacy Center. Today, there are over 600 CACs across the United States. In Congress, Cramer is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, a bipartisan caucus with 137 Members of Congress.

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