Jessica's Law Becomes Oregon Law


April 24, 2006

Jessica's Law for Oregon was signed into law by Governor Kulongoski today. This law requires a 25 year mandatory minimum sentence for adults convicted of raping, sodomizing or sexually penetrating a child under 12 years of age.

The bill was passed last Thursday in a special session of the Oregon Legislature. The vote in the House was 54-6 and in the Senate it was 30-0.

The passage of the bill is the result of a tremendous effort from a lot of people, most notably from State Senator Bruce Starr and Crime Victims United President Steve Doell.

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