LA Times holds Proposition 83 a bad idea; Endangers children

The Times Editorial Board . . . Jessica’s Law — California’s version of it, anyway — was a mess from the beginning. Voters here adopted it (as Proposition 83) in 2006 because they mistakenly believed they were cracking down on horrific crimes against children. They were urged on by nightly harangues from national TV commentators who campaigned on-air for swift…

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California AG declares blanket residency restrictions unconstitutional

By Kate Mather . . . California officials announced Thursday that the state would stop enforcing a key provision of a voter-approved law that prohibits all registered sex offenders from living near schools. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it would no longer impose the blanket restrictions outlined in Jessica’s Law that forbids all sex offenders from living…

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Enjoying brunch with your local Sex Offender

Lenore Skenazy . . . Sunday morning at 10 found me slicing the tomatoes and arranging the cheese platter. My husband was setting up the chairs. At 11, the doorbell rang. And so began my very first sex offender brunch. What exactly is that? It’s a brunch where I invited my friends in the press to meet my friends on…

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Stop the sex offender registry panic

By Tracy Clark-Flory . . . Lenore Skenazy came to fame for letting her 9-year-old son ride the New York subway home by himself. Or rather, she came to fame by letting him ride the subway home alone and then writing about it for the New York Sun. The piece led to an outcry — she was dubbed “America’s worst…

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To save one child …again

By Shelly Stow . . . It has happened again. An airplane has crashed, killing everyone on board, including quite a few children. This has happened too many times in the past and must not be allowed to continue. Clearly it is time to ban all air flights and destroy all airplanes. Appropriate legislation will need to be proposed and…

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Who should be feared in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin?

In the small town of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, a level 3 sex offender’s prospective home was set ablaze on two separate occasions. Law enforcement reacted after the first incident by placing cameras nearby in an attempt to capture on film who might be responsible should it happen again. It did. Upon the second act of arson, area resident Russell Speigle…

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Let’s Get Talking!

By Brenda….  Many of us know of someone accused and convicted of a sexual offense who had little or no idea of the collateral consequences of the plea or conviction they were getting. Often this was simply because even the attorneys involved in the process did not fully understand them. Not long ago, I heard about a new, wonderful online…

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