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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Dru's Law


On November 22, 2003 a University of North Dakota student was abducted from the parking lot at a local mall. Dru Sjodin was 22 years old and a Pequot Lakes native. After 5 months of intensive searching, law enforcement officials discovered her body in a ravine just outside Crookston, Minnesota. Six days later, more than 1,500 people gathered at her funeral to say goodbye to her.

Dru was allegedly abducted/murdered by a registered sex offender released 6 months earlier after serving a 23 year sentence for rape.

I closely followed her case during the massive, nationwide search. Just this week, a close friend of Dru's contacted us via the GFB contact form to express her appreciation for the work we are doing. Getting her letters have been an incredible show of support from someone who really knows what it's like to lose someone you love to homicide.

We did a little research to see what Dru's family has been doing in the aftermath of her murder. What we found was awesome...they are in the process of getting Dru's Law passed through. The law will close dangerous loopholes that have allowed sex offenders to prey on unsuspecting communities by crossing state lines.

By passing this bill, we will create a comprehensive, national system for sex offender registration on the internet, law enforcement notification of schools and other agencies, lifetime registration of offenders with felony convictions, increase in state and federal felony penalties, DNA samples of federal arrestees and detainees, and other crucial programs. To read more and show your support, please visit www.drusvoice.com

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