I am on your side on this one. I co-sponsored a Jessica's Law in Vermont, S.283, with Senator Wilton in the Fall of '05; and worked to tighten Vt's laws regarding sex offenders; see links below:
We were successful in increasing the minimum from zero (that's right zero to life) to a mandatory miniumum of 10 years to life, with a compromise with liberals to allow a judge to go down to no less than 5 years only if he/she wrote in the record the reasons for the reduction.
I will continue to push for higher minimums.
Thank you for contacting me and other legislators,
George Coppenrath, Senator