WPR News
8:30 am
Tue May 23, 2006

Gov Wants Tougher Sex Offender Laws

Gillette, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal urged lawmakers
today (Tuesday) to tighten Wyoming's sex offender laws in next
year's legislative session.
Speaking at the Joint Judiciary Interim Committee meeting in
Gillette, Freudenthal urged the passage of a law to set a mandatory
minimum sentence of life in prison for anyone who sexually assaults
a child.
But some lawmakers are wary of that proposal, saying NOT all
cases are the same and mandatory sentences would limit the options
available to the judicial system.
Representative Jane Warren, a Laramie Democrat who does NOT
serve on the judiciary committee, says Wyoming should invest more
on treatment programs. She said research has shown that treatment
can work for some sex offenders.