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A public push for Cherish's Law

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new petition has been created to create tighter sex offender and predator laws.  It's called Cherish's Law, in honor of Cherish Perrywinkle.

Cherish was 8-years-old when she was abducted from a local Walmart. An AMBER Alert went out, and she was later found dead. The man accused of killing her, Donald Smith,  is a registered sex offender.

Florida State Representative Janet Adkins says she would love to see tighter laws and because of that has created new legislation.

"It is my goal to listen and gather information regarding the current laws and circumstances regarding registered sex offenders in Florida.  I plan to file legislation in the 2014 session to improve and strengthen laws of Florida as it relates to these crimes against children," says Adkins.

The public can speak at a hearing at City Hall Wednesday, September 4, at 2 p.m. Adkins will host the meeting in the Lynwood Roberts Room.

The law will likely be similar to, but tighter than, the Jimmy Ryce law. It went into affect in 1999. But people insist more sex offenders need to stay behind bars.

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