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CA will soon end lifetime registration for some SOs under bill signed by Gov. Brown

By Patrick McGreevy . . . Thousands of Californians will be allowed to take their names off the state’s registry of sex offenders as a result of action Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown signed legislation that, when it takes effect Jan. 1, will end lifetime listings for lower-level offenders judged to be at little risk of committing new crimes.

The measure was introduced at the request of Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and other law enforcement officials who said the registry, which has grown to more than 105,000 names, is less useful to detectives investigating new sex crimes because it is so bulky.

“California’s sex offender registry is broken, which undermines public safety,”  said Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who introduced the bill. “SB 384 refocuses the sex offender registry on high-risk offenders and treats low-level offenders more fairly.”

The registry currently requires law enforcement officials to spend hours on paperwork for annual evaluations of every offender, including those who are low risk and have not committed a crime for decades, Wiener said.

Brown declined to comment Friday, but his office referred to a statement put out last month.

“SB 384 proposes thoughtful and balanced reforms that allow prosecutors and law enforcement to focus their resources on tracking sex offenders who pose a real risk to public safety, rather than burying officers in paperwork that has little public benefit,” said Ali Bay, a spokeswoman for the governor, last month.

The measure was opposed by many Republican lawmakers and Erin Runnion, who in 2002 founded the Joyful Child Foundation, an Orange County advocacy group for victims, after the abduction, molestation and murder of her 5-year-old daughter, Samantha.

Runnion said parents should be able to check a comprehensive registry to see if a potential teacher, youth league coach or babysitter for their children has ever been convicted of a sex crime.

California is one of only four states that require lifetime registration of sex offenders. The others are Alabama, South Carolina and Florida.

The new law signed by the governor creates a tiered registry, with high-risk offenders on the registry for life and others able to petition to be removed after either 10 or 20 years without re-offending, depending on the offense.

Offenses for which registrants can be removed from the list after 20 years include include rape by deception and lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14.

Offenders who petition for removal after 10 or 20 years will be assessed by a judge — with input from the local district attorney — who can grant or deny the petition.

The registry can be checked by members of the public, including people doing background checks on potential hires or tenants.

Wiener and gay rights activists said it is unfair that the registry includes the names of people caught having consensual sex parks decades ago, when law enforcement often targeted gay men for enforcement.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

This topic contains 13 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Fred Brown 1 month, 3 weeks ago.

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  • #23329 Reply

    Saddles

    Sounds like good news for all you all in CA and I hope these advocates can keep them to their promise. I always liked Jerry Brown.

  • #23357 Reply

    C

    I’d still like to know how often the registry has been used to correctly identify a perpetrator or materialy aid an investigation.

    It didn’t find Amber Hagermans killer, or Adam Walsh’s or Cherish Periwinkle.

    I think at best the registry is used as an extra straw on the camel’s back before a jury not a revolutionary law enforcement tool.

  • #23371 Reply

    Brian

    God bless the people from CA I remember reading about the horrific residential restrictions and these AHOLES building so called pocket parks to turn a 10×10 area into a park just to make an SO loose there home. Those people who came up with those ideas and built them should be held accountable for that crap. That really scared me after the AWA passed in PA because I started looking for answers to what I could do to get off the list and that’s when I saw these bs parks being built and that’s when I realized people were actually fighting these ridiculous laws and whatnot. These politicians and people who do these things should have to deal legal ramifications.

  • #23362 Reply

    anonymous

    1of 4 you missed west virginia requires lifetime as will. everyone i know in my group is on it for life i’m on it for life. the judges make sure of that by labeling you as a svp at sentencing.

  • #23333 Reply

    Maestro

    “Runnion said parents should be able to check a comprehensive registry to see if a potential teacher, youth league coach or babysitter for their children has ever been convicted of a sex crime.”

    We still haven’t learned that background checks coming up CLEAN doesn’t mean shit. People with NO CRIMINAL RECORDS commit FIRST TIME CRIMES every damn day. I am so sick of hearing about “background checks”. To hell with your background checks.

    Tougher gun laws!! What tougher gun laws? You can’t have a felony if you want to purchase a damn gun. Period! How much more tougher can you get? Yet people with NO CRIMINAL RECORDS still go buy guns and then shoot their spouse, boss, coworkers or go on shooting sprees. When. Will. We. Learn. ?

    • #23439 Reply

      Tim L

      The very second a person is back in court to determined dangerousness the State of California will be guilty of violating the constitutional protection against Double Jeopardy.
      Good luck with that!

  • #23468 Reply

    Saddles

    To me over here in Virginia I believe its a good move for the Governor and to Americans to take some of these people off the registry and I believe other states should follow suit. I also believe that this Vegas thing caught everybody off guard and people have to, at times, rethink or go back to the drawing board and say a bit out of line. At times we as people have to say wrong is wrong and right is right.
    Sometimes, we the people should say; its better to take wrong or take one’s loses. Just like a gambler that doesn’t know when to quit we all should learn control. All things come out in the wash and I’m glad we have some advocates in this sex maze that present this up to those in power in the United States.

  • #23469 Reply

    ab

    This won’t go into effect until 1/1/2021.

    Also federal possession of child pornography, federal receipt of child pornography, and federal distribution of child pornography are very likely going to be classified as tier three offenses as the law stands because a state felony conviction for the equivalent penal codes in California are tier three lifetime registration offenses.

  • #23503 Reply

    Stay outraged

    Not impressed with this schema whatsoever! It will NOT benefit ME. CP (poss) will be T3 !

    This is abject insanity… now even though I don’t live in California, the other states will use this as a “template” and primer whenever the DO fix their registry and I’ll still be screwed.

    First time. One charge (count). No contact. Non-violent. No immediate victim. T3 !!

    Give me ONE reason why I should not be outraged?

    One and DONE.

  • #23582 Reply

    Saddles

    Issues, Issues, Issues. Believe if we all didn’t have issues than there would be no need for advocates. Advocates help to dissolve the issue. We all can say how is this gonna help me but this is not about me its about a group and some of the callous things government things they hold one up to.
    Outraged, I agree a lot of this sex offender stuff is punitive. I’m sure everybody has their own view’s on birth control but it seems that the sex offender is a more topical subject. Yes we all should discuss this and correct some of this but as of now its up to Government to correct their wrong.
    Picket lines are good but each side has to come to an agreement and understand their wrongs as apposed to their strict confinement of one’s restrictions against another. Sure I would like my restrictions to go away just the same as others but this is not a perfect Nation. Actually if you think about all this it can be confusing, but in the end true justice will and should be served.

  • #24043 Reply

    juan

    the 95% of these people committed the crimes when they were young people, why not give it a second chance.
    the one who is free of sin that throws the first stone.

  • #24602 Reply

    R. Arens

    I’d just like to say that the article is slightly flawed. Don’t forget to add Iowa as the 5th state with mandatory life registry. Because of Iowa code 903B (life parole), the registry period (normally 10 years minimum) tolls the entire length of the parole given. I laugh at it. Nobody ever gets off parole early for sex crimes in Iowa. It’s sort of a unwritten law to not do so. If Iowa wanted to tack on 10 years to a lifers registry for non compliance, they wasted the courts time and money. Either way, life registry is mandatory here too.

  • #25005 Reply

    Fred Brown

    I was convicted in California in 1993 and recently moved to Illinois in 2015. With this ruling taking effect in Jan 1st will I be taken off the California list and Illinois ?
    Thank You.

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