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Sex Predators On Parole For Life

February 27, 1996
By: Kelly Just
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Senate has approved a bill that would toughen penalties for sex offenders. Kelly Just has the story from Jefferson City.

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Under the bill, all second-time sex offenders and some first-time offenders would be declared sexual predators.

That distinction puts convicts on parole for life. Bill sponsor, Senator Betty Sims says the new legislation is meant to keep someone with a true mental illness under the permanent supervision of the Corrections Department.

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Sims says there has been a gap in the law that allowed the release of such deviants. The new bill will keep the convicts under the wathcful eye of the Department of Probation

Sims' bill would also increase jail terms for the crimes of child molestation, rape, and sodomy.

The measure must pass through the House before going to Governor Carnahan's office.

Sims doesn't expect any opposition.

From the Capital, I'm Kelly Just.