Source: (2001) In FDCH Congressional Testimony, 07/31/2001. Washington, DC: United States House of Representatives, House Judiciary Committee.

This document contains the testimony of Phyllis Turner Lawrence before the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee on H.R. 2146, the "Two Strikes and You're Out Child Protection Act 2001." This proposed legislation sought mandatory life sentences for repeat offenders of sex crimes against children. A consultant on restorative justice, Lawrence testified as a victim of sexual assault, an advocate for finding ways to support victims and to hold offenders accountable, and a former practicing attorney. She related her own experiences as a victim and as a victim advocate to the proposed legislation. In sum, she cautioned against the legislation on grounds that it really would not help victims, nor would it hold offenders accountable or assist them to rehabilitate.

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