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Herpin Pledges to Sponsor Jessica’s Law

Continues to Focus on Reducing Crime and Protecting our Children

Colorado Springs (August 27, 2013) - Today, Bernie Herpin pledged to lead the way in passing Jessica’s Law in the Colorado Senate once John Morse is recalled.

Herpin was joined at the press conference by the bill’s House Sponsor Representative Libby Szabo, Police Protection Association Vice President Mike Singels, and former El Paso County Undersheriff Teri Goodall.

This past legislative session, Libby Szabo led the fight for Jessica’s Law in the Colorado House. Unfortunately, Democrat leadership blocked Jessica’s Law.

Bernie Herpin began his remarks by saying, “As a father of three daughters and the grandfather of six young grandchildren, the safety of our children is an important issue for me.”

“I’m embarrassed to say that Colorado is one of only five states that has not enacted some form of Jessica’s Law,” continued Herpin.

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Jessica’s Law is named after Jessica Lundsford who in 2005 was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and then brutally murdered in Florida by a repeat offender.

The bill increases the sentence for a person who commits a sexual assault against a child who is 14 years of age or younger, and 7 or more years younger than the offender at the time of the offense.

Once Florida enacted Jessica’s Law, the repeat sex offender rate dropped from 34% to 2%.

“John Morse blocked tougher laws protecting children from violent sexual predators then passed unconstitutional laws disarming law-abiding citizens—over our objections,” said Sheriff Maketa.

John Morse had the chance to vote to protect our kids.  Instead, John Morse blocked harsher penalties for violent sexual predators who prey on children.

In 2008 as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, John Morse was one of the deciding votes to kill Senate Bill 195, which allowed tougher penalties for violent child predators. (Colorado Observer, 7/29/13; Appropriations Committee Roll 4/11/08)

But this is typical, John Morse has a record of promoting shorter sentences for convicted criminals:

  • John Morse’s bill would have turned many felonies–including some identity theft crimes–into misdemeanors (McClatchy, 4/21/09).

  • And John Morse tried to place a cap on the number of criminals in Colorado prisons at one time (McClatchy, 4/21/09).

“It’s time for us to stop just talking about the welfare of our children and start doing something about it,” said child advocate and state representative, Libby Szabo. “I’m here today supporting Bernie Herpin in the Recall election because I know Bernie has the right priority: protecting our children.”

“From Bernie’s time on City Council to his decades of volunteering for the Colorado Springs Police Department, Bernie Herpin has a long record promoting public safety,” continued Szabo.

The U.S. Department of Justice states that:

  • On average, 43% of child molesters were released after serving only 3 years of their 7 year sentence.

  • Released sex offenders are 4 times more likely to be rearrested for a sex crime.

  • 40% of sex crimes were committed by released sex offenders.

“We want to keep these guys in jail longer so that we can focus on the other ones out there,” said Colorado Springs Police Protective Association Vice President Mike Singels. “It endangers our community when we let people like that out of jail so they can do the same thing again.”

“I am thankful to Representative Szabo and Bernie Herpin for their leadership to pass Jessica’s Law to ensure violent sexual predators don’t just get a slap on the wrist from our legal system,” concluded former El Paso County Undersheriff Teri Goodall.

 

For questions, call Herpin Campaign at 719-569-5810 or email Info@BernieHerpin.com.

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In the Navy and Air Force, Bernie Herpin took an oath to defend our Constitution.

Here at home, Herpin has served our community in many capacities through the years.

Herpin served on City Council and as president of the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition, which he helped found.

For the last 25 years, Bernie Herpin has volunteered with the Colorado Springs Police Department serving on the Senior Victims Assistance Team, Handicap Parking Enforcement Unit, and DUI Enforcement Team.

Additionally, Bernie has held many leadership positions at his home church.

Bernie and Linda live in Colorado Springs and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

 

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