What: All Issues : Justice for All: Civil and Criminal : Punishment Fitting the Crime : HR 2146. Mandatory Sentencing for Repeat Sex Offenders/Vote to Commission a Study to Examine the Impact of the "Two Strikes and You're Out" Criteria for Repeat Child Sex Offenders. (2002 house Roll Call 63)
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HR 2146. Mandatory Sentencing for Repeat Sex Offenders/Vote to Commission a Study to Examine the Impact of the "Two Strikes and You're Out" Criteria for Repeat Child Sex Offenders.
house Roll Call 63     Mar 14, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

Support was broad and bipartisan for a "two strikes and you're out" bill for repeat child sex offenders. Those convicted of a sex offense involving a child on federal property would be automatically sentenced to life in prison. Despite supporting the overall bill, Progressives worried that the impact of the law was uncertain. As such, they supported a Conyers (DMI) amendment that would require a report to Congress for each case sentenced under the new law: the range of possible sentences that would otherwise have applied, the actual sentence that would have been administered, and the race, ethnicity, gender, and age of the both the defendant and the victim. The amendment was adopted 259- 161. All but five Democrats voted in favor, as did a substantial 64 of 219 Republicans.

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