It seems that Vermont, home to the judge who sentenced a man to 60 days in jail for molesting a child over a span of years- on the pretense that the man needed 'therapy' rather than prison, the same state that allowed a man who repeated sexually abused a boy to go free, the state that is really sex offender friendly- is about to get a little tougher. Maybe.
When a state Senate committee begins deliberating later this summer on how to respond to the kidnap and killing of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett, it also will be under pressure to deal with a new federal law named for another slain child.
Vermont to Deal with New Sex Offender Laws
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 establishes new mandates for the way states set up their sex offender registries -- mandates Vermont currently does not meet.
Lets hope that after years of failing the victims of sexual abuse, the leaders of Vermont can pony up the courage to actually do approve something that resembles justice to replace the current system which seems too often to include arresting them, trying them, and then kissing them sweetly before letting them back out on the streets.