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Jessica Lunsford Act

Tighter laws on sex offenders could be in the works after the recent killing of a nine-year-old Florida girl.

The Jessica Lunsford Act would require states to make more frequent checks on the whereabouts of sex offenders.

The proposal is named after the Homosassa girl who police say was killed by a registered sex offender who was not living at the address where he was registered.

John Couey faces capital murder charges in the killing of little Jessica.

The Act would require probation officers to be notified if a person has a prior sex offense. It will also create a national registry of offenders similar to one that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintains.


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