Wednesday, June 26, 2013

FL - "Brittany's law" to take effect July 1st

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Original Article

06/25/2013

By Brittany Jones

TALLAHASSEE - Sex offenders and predators may have to spend more time in jail before they're released. Florida's new "Brittany's law," requires a judge to determine whether offenders are dangerous prior to releasing them into the community before their first court appearance.

"If this law had been put in place years ago one other murder would've been prevented," said Dritt.
- Keep dreaming!  No matter how many laws are on the books, named after dead children, it will never prevent another tragedy like this from occurring.

Jennifer Dritt, the executive director of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence says after hearing a number of tragic stories involving sex offenders, she's pleased the new "Brittany's law" will go into effect.

"Every assault and murder of a child, I would assume is a sexual motivated offense is horrible," said Dritt.
- Well that is not true!  Children are murdered by gang violence, DUI and other situations where sex was not involved.

The law is named after a 17-year old Brittany Carleo was murdered in Port St. Lucie in 2006 by a 42-year-old sex offender who bonded out after being arrested.

Prosecutor Jack Campbell says the law would keep some of them behind bars under certain circumstances.

"They're going to allow our prosecutors and opportunity every time their arrested to take a look at that individual and make a determination of what we need to do to protect the public from this person," said Campbell.

It also requires a judge to determine whether they're dangerous prior to releasing them into the community before their first court appearance.

Campbell says it'll help them prosecute more cases and keep those in jail who need to remain behind bars.

"We want to be involved we want an opportunity to be heard so that we can speak up saying this person has a history of being dangerous in sexually motivated crimes," said Campbell.

A recent case in Jacksonville where an 8-year old girl was allegedly killed by sex offender who had just been released 3 weeks prior, for that Dritt says this law is much needed.

"There continues to be people who are going do these things and we can't ensure that people don't want to do these things, but we can do is make our best effort to ensure that their not out on the streets," said Dritt.

The law takes effect on July 1st.

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4 comments :

deathklok said...

"A recent case in Jacksonville where an 8-year old girl was allegedly
killed by sex offender who had just been released 3 weeks prior, for
that Dritt says this law is much needed."

Does she even understand what this law involves? What's the connection to the murder in Jacksonville? How many times has a person accused of sexual assault in Florida murdered their accuser immediately after posting bail? I'd be willing to bet that it happens more frequently with someone who has snitched on a drug dealer or gang banger.

kiokwus said...

They forget that you a presumed innocent until proven guilty. This gives the state license to incarcerate without cause under presumption only.

tom said...

Oh goody another feel good law. This is nothing more than revenge law making. So now this is the new norm? As long as it is a sex offender law and you name it after some kid it will pass? So why is it that all them kids killed in Sandy Hook school? Why is it there are no laws going after the mentally ill? This is just another sick person looking to feel good through HATE and MAKING HATE LAWS! I think they should be seeking help not making laws!

Daver said...

Lot's of kids Dying every day in Chicago and elsewhere due to drugs and other things. No one names a Law for them. It's plain and simple if you are a brown inner city kid and get killed no one cares. A kid in Chicago was killed because her Dad took someone's X-Box. Where is the registry for all X-Box owners?