Can anything change public opinion about sexual offense registries?

By Cresencio Rodriguez . . . A California law that will go into effect in 2021 is set to bring about the most sweeping changes ever to sex offender laws in the state. SB384 will allow most sex offenders to petition to be removed from the public registries in 10 to 20 years after they are released from prison, as long…

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For some Halloween all trick, no treat

Used with permission By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg . . . Before the police apprehended Steve, he tried to kill himself by cutting his wrists, he told The Appeal. Then 20 years old, he had attempted to sexually assault a 12-year-old girl in California. “I couldn’t believe I had done that,” said Steve, whose name has been changed to protect his identity. “I…

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Removal of Persky will make things worse, not better

By Chandra Bozelko . . . Harassment and assault of women is a serious problem and we need to correct our culture to eliminate it. But the recall in Santa Clara County, California, of Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced Brock Turner, isn’t the way to change things. The Brock Turner debacle raised controversy in 2016 when the former Stanford student,…

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Judge Persky recalled: another day of infamy

By Paul Elias, AP . . . The leader of the successful recall of a Northern California judge for an unpopular sexual assault sentence warned that the results show women’s rights and the #MeToo movement are now a potent political force that politicians ignore at their own peril. “The broader message of this victory is that violence against women is…

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NARSOL asks CA Dept. of Correction to cease sex offender discrimination

NARSOL Board of Directors . . . In 2016, California enacted a new penal code section that extended overnight family visitation to prisoners serving life sentences. But, through its rule-making process, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has unilaterally proposed excluding prisoners convicted of sexually-based offenses from enjoying these new privileges. NARSOL strongly protests this blanket exclusion which was…

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NARSOL opposes CA Dep’t of Corrections’ blanket exclusion of sex offenders

Mr. Timothy Lockwood Chief Regulatory and Policy Management Branch California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations P.O. Box 94283 Sacramento, CA 94283-0001 Comment: CDCR’s Blanket Exclusion of Inmates with Sex Offense Convictions in the Revised Sections 3177 and 3315 Dear Chief Lockwood, NARSOL is a national advocacy organization that defends and protects the interests of citizens convicted of a sex offense.…

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CA judge rules sex offenders are included in Prop. 57’s early release consideration

By Seth Augenstein . . . California voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative in November 2016 calling for criminal sentencing reform. The centerpiece of Proposition 57, a major initiative pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown, was to allow release of those convicted of “nonviolent felony offenses” after they had served their full prison terms. The catch: Prop 57 never defined what “nonviolent felony…

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Courage: Yes, sex offender registrants have it too

  This is a story of a man who, like so many of our supporters, has a past history that includes a sexual assault conviction and required public sex offender registration. Marty Weiss, a well-known former Hollywood child talent manager, has been a California 290 registrant since 2011.  The media likes to portray sex offender registrants as one dimensional, and…

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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…

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CA judge “Turner-ed” by lying victim’s statement, fears recall

By Tracey Kaplan . . . PALO ALTO — Sean Ryan thought everything was set: he’d struck a deal to serve a year in county jail for having sex with a 15-year-old girl who claimed she was an adult. But when the victim showed up at Ryan’s sentencing hearing to ask that he be sent to state prison and required…

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