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Legislature Passes Rapist Bill

May 13, 1996
By: Beryl Chong
State Capital Bureau

The Legislature has passed a bill that warns residents when a sexual offender moves into their community and keep current and repeat sexual offenders in jail longer.

Beryl Chong reports from Jefferson City.

The Legislature voted unanimously to pass a bill that warns people when a sexual predator moves into their neighborhood, keeps repeat and multiple sexual offenders in jail longer and requires those in jail to go through rehabilitation programs .

Senator Betty Sims, sponsor of the bill, says it all started 3 years ago.

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OutCue: "from this type of a criminal.
Contents: Senator Sims says two 10-year old girls who were raped and murdered in her district is what got the bill started.

Under this bill, both pedophiles and rapists would be required to attend The Missouri's Sexual Offenders Program.

According to Senator Sims, sexual offenders who attend this program have a recidivism rate of less than 3 %.

The bill now goes to Governor Carnahan's office.

In Jefferson City, I'm Beryl Chong.