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Child molesters would get only 2 strikes under new bill

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WASHINGTON — People convicted of a sex crime against a child would get mandatory life sentences after a second such conviction under a measure approved by the House Tuesday.

The bill, dubbed "Two Strikes, You're Out," passed by a voice vote.

The rate of repeat child molesters is "extraordinarily high," said Rep. Mark Green, R-Wis., the sponsor. "I make no bones about this legislation: This bill is not about rehabilitation, I openly admit it. This bill is not even about deterrence. It is about removing bad people from society."

Under the bill, if an offender convicted of any previous sex crime against a child — whether in state or federal jurisdiction — then commits a second sex crime falling under federal jurisdiction, the new legislation would apply.