For many state lawmakers, almost no penalty is too harsh for sex offenders who hurt children, says Stateline.org. Eight states allow castration. At least a dozen track molesters by satellite once they've served their prison terms. In Florida last year, lawmakers made it easier to execute sexual predators who are guilty of murder. Things could become even tougher for sex offenders in 2006. Already, lawmakers from New York to Washington state have submitted scores of bills designed to protect children and punish those who sexually abuse them.
Last year, state lawmakers passed more than 100 sex offender laws — double the number of 2004 and “far and above previous years,” said Blake Harrison of the ational Conference of State Legislatures. Among the most popular measures — expected to spread this year — is a law authorizing use of satellites to track released sex offenders. Alluding to Florida’s Jessica Lunsford case, Susan Broderick of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, says, “Very often, there is a case that catches the nation’s attention, and, as a result, legislators start to pay attention. Now nearly every state is considering the implementation of Jessica’s Law.”