Christie signs Jessica Lunsford Act into law; legislation toughens sex offender sentences
TRENTON - Sex offenders will now face tougher prison sentences thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie Monday.
The Jessica Lunsford Act, named after a 13-year-old who was raped and murdered in 2005, means anyone who is convicted of abusing a child younger than 13 will go to prison for 25 years without parole.
"Today we're ensuring justice is served," Christie says. "It will hopefully be a deterrent to prevent these heinous acts and the life-changing trauma they bring from being committed at all, but when they are committed, to make sure that justice is done swiftly and surely and significantly."
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Jessica's father was with the governor when he signed the law.
Prosecutors would be allowed to negotiate a 15-year sentence to keep some victims from having to testify.