Vermont lawmakers gathered in Montpelier Friday to announce they had finally fulfilled a promise made after the brutal kidnapping and murder of 12-year old Brooke Bennett last summer.
The bill builds on existing state laws and includes a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for child sex offenders, and requires schools to focus more on prevention efforts.
As happy as I am about Vermont finally passing their version of Jessica's Law, I have to think that if they would have done this months or even years ago Brooke Bennett would still be alive and with us today.
How many other states have NOT passed their own version of Jessica's Law? How many more children will have to be sacrificed before lawmakers setp up and start making sensible laws that actually punish these predators?
Where does the state you live in stand in protecting children?