FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill designed to increase jail time for those convicted of incest on Thursday, according to a news release.

The bill, Senate Bill 38, would amend the current law, requiring those who violate the law to be registered as a violent offender. This would mean offenders are required to serve 85% of their sentence rather than the current 15%.

The bill passed with a 9-1 vote and is now heading to the Kentucky Senate floor.

“We’re not changing any crimes” Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville) told committee members. “We’re just talking about the time served for people who have been convicted.”

Laken Albrink, an incest survivor, testified during the meeting that tougher penalties are needed. She said she was sexually abused by her stepfather for many years before being convicted. Albrink said he was sentenced to 25 years.

“However, very soon thereafter, he was parole eligible at 15 percent serve time, which what is currently the serve time to be parole eligible for incest as it’s written now,” she said. “So it’s really important to us that we work to get incest classified as a violent offense as is the other sexual offenses that are listed.”

Albrink added that for minors, the trauma of sexual abuse worsens every time an offender comes before a parole board.

Adams and Sen. Denise Harper Angel (D-Louisville) sponsored Senate Bill 38.