HILLSDALE, N.J. -- The state Assembly Judiciary Committee has approved an amendment to "Joan's Law," named after a slain Hillsdale girl, that would cover a wider range of child victims, according to NorthJersey.com.
The law, named for Joan D’Alessandro, a 7-year-old Hillsdale girl who was raped and murdered in 1973 by a neighbor, raises the age of victims from children up to age 14 to those under the age of 18, and would deny parole eligibility for anyone convicted of killing a child in the course of committing a sex crime, said NorthJersey.com.
The bill will now move to the full Assembly for a final vote, which could happen as early as next week. A companion bill is moving through the state Senate, added NorthJersey.com.
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