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Sex Offender Registry Reform Effort Aims to Parse for Future Risk

California is one of only four states that require sex offenders to register for life. The state board overseeing the registry is once again pushing to overhaul the system. The board wants to make it easier to spot sex offenders at high risk of re-offending. Reporter: Tara Siler. Radio Program

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RelatedSex Offender Board Calls For Registry Overhaul (May 30, 2014)

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  1. Q

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; this tiered registry is not going to pass. This can be considered inevitable for several reasons, the first being that it’s an election year and the fear of not being popular and looking bad over-rides common sense-honesty and wisdom for the lawmakers in the state capitol; they are ruled by fear, (how has it come to this? that our fates are in the hands of such morally weak men of the lesser variety).

    Second; you have Marc Klass and his two 501-c3 victims rights groups opposing this change to the registry. Both of these groups seem to have morphed into lobby groups during election years. These two groups (KlaasKids Foundation and BeyondMissing, Inc) are nothing more than puppets during election years of a much more powerful and insidious organization.

    Third; That much more powerful and insidious organization, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, with all it’s millions of dollars and intimidation tactics is backing KlaasKids Foundation and BeyondMissing, Inc through their own victims rights group, Crime Victims United; which I believe has allot more money than CA-RSOL and all the other reform groups combined.

    Another thing I’ve said before is that I hope I’m wrong, and I still obviously feel that way. I feel the odds are not in our favor. I also believe the failure of a tiered registry bill to pass in previous election years can be traced directly back to the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, whose main aim is to insure that the prisons stay full and so their kind can feed off the population and insure security for themselves and their families at the expense of the public.

    It’s the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and their power to make or break anyone the lawmakers fear.

    • steve

      Q,

      While I respect your opinion I to feel the tides are changing. While nobody in the legislature who really thinks change is necessary will speak about it publicly a comment was made last year by one legislator who said something like “people are starting to come around and change will happen”. I believe it was a female on the Public Safety Com. Unfortunately, the only loud mouths we hear on the subject are the fanatical republicans who use this subject as a platform to get re-elected. Keep the faith!

      • Q

        Steve:

        Thank you. Forgive me for being cynical, but my faith in America has been thoroughly shaken after what I’ve seen and what I’ve been subjected to. I’m sure many others feel the same way. As stated in my original post; “I hope I’m wrong.” In fact I probably am wrong. I just wonder if the change (after all, change is a universal law) will come in my lifetime and If I’ll ever be able to attempt to rebuild the life I once had. Or if I’ll always have to depend upon others for many of my most basic of needs.

    • Nicholas Maietta

      If you want to harm the “victims rights” groups who are 501(c)(3) organizations and they are “lobbying” or participating in lobbying efforts, then you simply need to point it out to the IRS through complaint forms. They could indeed lose their legal status, which will prob cause them to see red and come after you. This will likely hurt any forms of income they get which i’m sure they use to pay themselves. Losing the non-profit status could actually irreversibly harm the organization.

      Secondly, it is more likely that if they are lobbying, then they have the 501(c)(4) designation. That is a bit different in that the status offers allowances for lobbying efforts.

      Just an idea if what you are saying is true.

      • Q

        Nicholas; You are correct; my bad. a 501 c-3 doesn’t allow lobbying. Lobbying takes a 5014 c-4. They sure do get allot of air time and press coverage though. The thing that raises the hair on the back of my neck is their association with “Crime Victims United.” Since that victims rights group was started and is kept alive by the “California Correctional Peace Officers Association” a 501 c-4 probably a non issue for them if you consider the nature of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. They have far too much influence and have been known to apply pressure to get their way.

  2. USA

    Q, I unfortunately disagree. FIrst, who cares about Marc Klass. Lets be real. Most of the offenses occurring today are being committed by first time offenders. In addition, we have the State of California’s Sex Offender Management Board requesting this! This is surreal. So, if we continue to be negative and view the world in this manner, we might as well jump off a cliff. Now, it might not happen this year, but it will happen. Be positive.

    • Q

      USA:

      Perhaps I’m wrong, and maybe I’m not. The thing of it is that this is on an entirely different level than what went on in OC. I don’t believe I’m being negative; I view my opinion as more on the realistic side.
      The California Correctional Peace Officers Association (AKA The prison guards union) is a powerful organization that makes a big difference in state affairs and they have millions to throw around and buy influence.

      The corrections budget in California was up to $8.2 billion in 2006. (A Paralell Universe, Alex landon Elaine Halleck. Chapter 15 P# 152 ¶3)

      That’s allot of money and there are some powerful people in this organization that want to maintain the status quo; and they have allot of money to see that things stay the way they want. Like I said before; “I hope I’m wrong.”

  3. USA

    OH, we just beat the DA from OC? I would never never thought that could occur. Seriously. So, things are changing.

  4. B

    I don’t know anyone who has ever believed we would get a tiered registration system during an even numbered year. None of this publicity is design for action this year, but next year. CCPOA will always support things that fill prisons. Consider that they didn’t object to Brown’s realignment system, except for sex offenders. Why? They understand that the kinds of people who they released are probably going to come back to prison pretty soon. Sex offenders only come back on parole violations. So they want to release those who are coming back and keep those who won’t.

    Next year we have a shot at a tiered registration system. I would say it is a small window of opportunity, but there are a couple of politicians in Sacramento who seek good public policy and a few more who can be persuaded. Can we round up enough votes? Too hard to call right now.

  5. Anonymous

    @Janice. Please consider filing civil charges against the judges who violated their judicial obligation to weigh cases in an unbiased manner, and instead let their personal emotions influence their impartiality. It is absolutely unconscionable to think that an unbiased judiciary would accept that America now licenses people to live under threat of imprisonment.

  6. tattooarms

    No hope for me. Ever. Been on registry since 2000. 288.8a no ‘re offence except in 2004 had a drug charge. Been straight ever since. Learned to accept my life the way it is and will be forever. I live a good life. Have a decent job high pay nice house and cars and a good wife…I guess I do understand where everyone else is coming from who are not as bad as I am. Good luck to u all

    • George

      tattooarms, more power to you. No kidding. Glad life is going well for you.

      For me, it is about the system and the police state as much as anything else. Take the NSA for example. The sheeple were comfortable and didn’t think much about privacy.

      Bam! Suddenly they woke.

      I think RSOs see what is coming if there is no backlash. Others are starting to see it too.

      First they came for the sex offenders. Really, they did. See the documentary about the Nazis: “Paragraph 175” which is from their penal code. Netflix has it.

  7. MS

    I too believe that a tier system for registration will happen in California. Not only does the California Sex Offender Management board support it so does a lot of law enforcement. And the more of us that keep educating others, public opinion will change.

  8. ab

    “Aims to parse for future risk?” That has to be the dumbest goal I have ever heard of for reform efforts on any law. Who cares what someone might do again? I mean if someone breaks the law (federal or state) a second time then they probably shouldn’t have been released when they were the first time. The whole low risk to high risk assessment scale is ridiculous. It all begins with legal language used to describe each offense, no lay person or for that matter legal professional knows what someone is talking about when they mention a penal code number/subsection or federal statute/subsection. Secondly when an offense is listed on the registry not enough detail is provided explaining exactly what a person did. Sexual assault encompasses many different acts, as does molestation, sexual harassment, indecent exposure, and many other sex offenses. If someone is at a high risk for taking a nude swim at a public pool that’s different than intentionally flashing people or getting caught urinating in public. There are also differences in receiving, possessing, or distributing illegal images and/or videos. Someone who has mostly nude or partly nude content is up to something different than someone who has mostly hardcore violent rape content. All these factors need to be taken into consideration when informing the public about what someone did, if at all. Merely identifying someone as a violent predator doesn’t help either because likely a rapist or serial murderer would simply be classified as such, but without knowing who someone likes targeting those labels do little to no good.

    Secondly if we as a global society wanted to parse for future risk doing so before the risk arises is our best option. Anyone who has dealt with enough problems realizes that this is a primary component of problem solving 101. Meaning risk assessment needs to be included as part of a child’s education and monitored for potential warning signs and not just for sexual misconduct, but all possible misconduct. If a kid likes playing with fire it might be really advantageous to figure out why and how much risk exists that later his or her playing could morph into arson. Then positive corrections can be made to reduce that risk and continue monitoring it or other possible causes for concern. It’s a lot more individualized and requires more work, but the sacrifices would be worth it by significantly reducing the number of future offenders and victims.

    • wonderin

      Very well said, ab.
      It’s too bad people like you aren’t able too lend a hand in judicial reform.
      It’s been my experience that people with social problems send out early warning signs which an attuned society should and could intervene earlier than later.

      • ab

        Direct judicial reforms are a waste of time. Real change comes from the power of massive demand and if the mass does not get what it wants history is clear on what happens next. Worst case scenario is what created the pathway for the formation of the United States of America; violent revolution. Best case something akin to the civil rights movement happens again, though this time regarding social stability and human survival. See I am aiming at much more than helping a singular group. What everything really boils down to is the inability of people on large and small scales to rationally discuss and resolve their differences or conflicts. Every person who has dealt with a government, person, organization, or company because of some supposed civil or criminal misconduct has seen a failure in human conflict resolution. If each side could come to an agreement between themselves there would be no need for prisons, jails, and detention centers.

        • Tim

          Yes, I think social instability is the root cause of this registry. People “feel” they can’t do anything about mass declining wages, declining quality of life and poor outlook for their children, so they jump on the easy answer to bolster the declining outlook for families — create a family threatening demon to attack. Hey, here we are. All this talk about risk is beside the point and a smoke screen. We are an excuse to not focus on some really pressing problems. This is a last gasp effort to save the status quo before the inevitable revolution.

        • Margaret Moon

          Yes! And this is where the similarity to the Jews in Nazi Germany comes in, Hitler used them as the “fall guys” for the floundering economy, etc.

        • Nero

          You are so very right. Bread and Games, my friend, bread and games.

          Let’s put this in perspective… no ’empire’ has lasted forever. Not the Romans, not the British, not the Third Reich. At some point change and decline is inevitable.

          The US has achieved its status as a result of the last two world wars. Rightly so, as our men (and women) not only fought valiantly, made great sacrifices but also were gracious and thoughtful victors (at least the second time around).

          That formula has worn thin. Wars do not produce the results they used to, unless you are in a position of power and have shares in Haliburton. H3ll, even the Germans are getting tired of this – read today’s international coverage. Expelling US personnel in a move ‘formerly reserved for pariah states like North Korea or Iran’…. who would have thunk it?

          All the ‘USA USA’ chanting in the world cannot cover the fact that this country is slipping in every which way, both here and globally. The American Dream is dead. The middle class is on its way out. If you expect your child to do better than you did, you are delusional. My college graduate children are floundering at best, as they are competing not only with professionals with much more experience for the same jobs and wages but also with highly educated people from all over the globe in an economy that is no longer tied to a physical place for the most part.

          While all indicators and the government tell us that the economy is recovering and jobless rates are falling, those are not jobs like they used to be. These new jobs will not, repeat not, enable a head of household to even come close to providing the lifestyle we have been taking for granted. That much touted job growth in Texas – someone tell Gov. Rick Perry that this is due to population growth (immigration – low economic level), and the vast majority are in the low end, speak minimum wage, service sector.

          Drive to downtown LA some time. If you do not care about your tires or axles, that is. The roads, the bridges, pretty much all infrastructure is in a pathetic state. And that is only what you see – not the water, sewer, electric, etc system. The City of Detroit – today a tragic symbol of economic aberration – will be the norm.

          So what to do – if not focus on the most basic of things to deflect from the true state of affairs. Sex. Children. Safety from violence (which ironically we have no problem inflicting on foreign children in the quest to secure it for us and ours). Immigration. Sex. Children. That is what appeals to the simple mind. All the while building up the incarceration machine and transforming law enforcement into a force resembling an army. To fight against whom?

          Bread and games… now if you’ll excuse me – I have a fiddle to tune.

        • Tim

          http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_circuses
          Pretty much describes the registry!

  9. Brubaker

    Brubaker to ‘ab’…Brubaker to ‘ab’…the so called risk or tier is so farrrrrr after any alleged anything that it goes against the Constitution just for starters ..more …but approach must be at start…notice of level or degree or tier of alleged crime when decision to go to utilize right of fair trial or accept a lesser alleged crime plead guilty…….that risk / tier / degree / level must be at square one ; not the after everything last square.

  10. AV Homeless Vet

    A few minutes ago I took the Static-99R Coding Form “Risk Factor” test and I scored a 4. I would have scored a 3 except I was convicted of attempting to murder a snitch informant who threatened my life. No such thing as self defense when you defend your life and that of your family against a KlanKracker Informant Snitch. Angry, not really, I did not kill the snitch and I am on the “no not detain list” when I am stopped my law enforcement. I have lived in the AV since 1992 and I have many LA County Sheriff friends who know and love me. I watch and pray!

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