|John J. DeBerry, Jr.|
Memphis Democrat John DeBerry roused a round of applause from members of the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives for his impassioned denunciation of sex offenders, juvenile or otherwise. "It's a shame that on Sunday morning we have to have guards walking throughout the church, because if we don't lock the church doors, people come in," said DeBerry. "We've had to basically put people out of the building who are following children around the building -- and many of them are of the age of juveniles."
"We need to do whatever we need to do to get (sex offenders) off the street, and that is the bottom line," said DeBerry.
The bill under consideration, HB687, passed 94-1. It allows law enforcement to keep a confidential list of violent juvenile sex offenders.