According to WPTZ, Vermont is making a new proposal for stricter penalties for sexual offenders. After the death of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett in July, the Vermont State Senate Judiciary Committee began investigating the state’s sex offender laws and policies.
The committee is pushing for a new law that will require a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, a maximum sentence of life in prison and give prosecutors the choice of taking the case to trial or offering a plea bargain. The new law will be called aggravated sexual assault on a minor under 16.
The committee is also hoping to make some additional changes, including completely funding the special investigative units for sex crimes, creating special corrections units to supervise sex offenders, making a new sexual violence prevention programs and updating the sex offender registry online.