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Overhaul of sexual offender registry is on right track

Once in a while, politicians in Sacramento get things right. The overhaul of the state’s sex offender registry proposed by Sen. Scott Weiner, D-San Francisco, and Sen. Joel Anderson, R-San Diego, is one of those rare occurrences of a bipartisan solutions that works. Full Article

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  1. G4Change

    WOW…awesome op-ed! Great read.

    And I applaud Senator Leyva for putting past rhetoric aside and for doing the right thing by voting in favor of this bill. Thank you, Senator Leyva!

  2. AJ

    Again, very heartening to see a positive op-ed about the whole SOR idea. Is the legislation the answer to the problem? Good Lord, no! But is it a step in the right direction? Very much so!

    I can certainly understand and empathize with those who think it’s a panacea and/or will be chipped away in subsequent legislative terms, but that’s fearing the what-if instead of accepting the what-is. CA lawmakers have shown they will listen to outside sources (Chiefs of Police, ACLU, ACSOL, etc). Unless and until some entity can sway them back the other way, I think the slope of the hill has tipped in our favor. Will there be ideologues and fear-mongering to try to make it worse? Of course. My point is that there is now a sane, rational discussion and body of experts who have, can, and will push back and bring reason to the argument. A legislator will have a tough(er) time arguing that such and such crime needs to be added or that terms need to be lengthened “for the kids” when everything points against that.

    The tide is indeed turning, fellow RCs and supporters. I don’t think everyone truly understands how big of a shift this is. Is there another instance across the nation where any legislative body, from city council up through Congress, has *willfully reduced* the burden on RCs? Exclude any and every court-mandated change and let me know what you find. Again, this isn’t the answer or the end, but this is a HUGE step in the right direction. Huge.

    –AJ

  3. Janice Bellucci

    We thank the author of this editorial for his clear thinking. The following words from that editorial, if followed, will lead us to ultimate victory: “When it comes to sex offenders and crime generally, it is critical that evidence, not rhetoric and fear-mongering, guides our policies.”

    • AJ

      @Janice
      Op-eds like this and the US News one are beneficial ripple effects of the work you and yours have done. You haven’t just effected legislative change, you’ve gotten the dialogue, and facts, into the minds of judges/justices, politicians and the media–which also means the public at large. More than any social-science paper, agency findings, or testimony, it’s op-eds like this that will help tilt things ever more in our favor. I absolutely believe that every RC in this country will receive some sort of benefit from what’s happening in CA due to your efforts. It may not be visible or obvious, but it will be there.

      Thank you so much for caring.

      –AJ

      P.S. Re: donation. You’re quite welcome, and it will not be my last. 🙂

  4. J

    Very good article

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