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Seeking smarter rules for sex offenders

Janice Bellucci is a mother of two, the wife of a pastor and a former Girl Scout leader active in volunteer work. She lives in a gated community an hour’s drive north of Santa Barbara, with needlepoint pillows on the sofa and a vegetable garden in the backyard. She is also the public face of an organization advocating for the closest thing to an untouchable caste in our society: California’s 88,000 registered sex offenders.

A former aerospace lawyer, Bellucci is the president of the California chapter of Reform Sex Offender Laws, a national group of offenders, family members, psychologists and attorneys registered as a nonprofit. Full article

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Reading the article begs tears.
It’s just so very hard to be sure of the path.

(What a truly troubled world.)

J., you are doing the right thing.
But it will be centuries before a solution is forthcoming, so sad…so sad.

Godspeed.

Great article!

The answers a clear as glass. Those convicted should be help accountable and pay the price just as ANY OTHER LAW that is broken requires.

THEN

They are released and FREE…again just as ANY OTHER LAW that was broken.

If they are a danger to “society” then lockem up…BUT…if they have paid the price and are allowed to be “free” then let them be really FREE!

Every other “criminal” is allowed a 2nd chance in America EXCEPT the RSO!

That is simply unAmerican and simply unconstitutional.

First, it was a very good article and I’m glad the issue is starting to move. 20 years ago the concept of gay marriage seemed impossible. Look where we are now. We can make the same kind of progress with registration laws because it is the right thing. Eventually, society returns to rationality. Second, I do take issue with the author when she said that the shunning was based on conduct and not status. We have a legal system that holds people accountable for their conduct. If you are convicted of a crime, a judge gives you a sentence. That… Read more »

I blatantly disagree that registering in itself is not punishment. I’m sure that the one third of registrants who are homeless as this article states would also disagree. As a homeless registrant, I have to go into the police department every month to register, which costs me in time and inconvenience that non-registrants don’t have to face. My status as a registrant forces me to be homeless at this time, another punishment, one that affects not just me, but my wife and daughter as well. Having to register means I have to face that scrutiny when it comes looking for… Read more »

The initial process of registration, when it was done prior to public disclosure, was administrative and essentially non-invasive and gave law enforcement a tool they felt it was necessary. This information has never been out of the hands of authorities at any point in time. When public disclosure happened, then the benign and administrative condition went to active, punitive and allowing any and everyone to set up their own forms of “justice” after the fact. This is evidenced by slogans such as the “battle against SO’s” etc. What battle? These people already have been punished and are doing their damnedest… Read more »

You have summed it up perfectly.

When I accepted my plea nearly thirty years ago, I was told I would have to register because of the nature of the crime. That I understood to be part of my sentence and “punishment” according to the constructs of the law at the instance of my sentencing. So from my point of view, I understood that at the time and nothing seemed unconstitutional about it until they made me adhere to changes made to the law after the fact. I did not have any need to examine the constitutionality or the “punitive” aspect of the law since I did… Read more »

J, you are wrong, wrong wrong. You have been brainwashed by the courts of recent years who have been fraudulently ruling that red is blue, and that SOR is not punishment. In fact, it previously was held by the California Supreme Court to be as much as unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment, back in the 1970s and up and until the late 1990s. That was applied to SOR for lewd conduct, and the Legislature followed up by taking lewd conduct out of 290. Later, there was a ruling extending that to indecent exposure, although the language in the opinion was… Read more »

An article that portrays Janice and CA RSOL in a sympathetic light, but does LITTLE to advance the cause that CA RSOL is fighting for. I wonder whether this article will have any impact on whether AB 702 gets voted OUT OF COMMITTEE (Assembly Public Safety!) next week.

John, we will indeed take copies of the L.A. Times article with us when we lobby the state legislature on April 16 and 17. I see it as positive that the L.A. Times wrote an article that explained that the term “registrants” is the correct term to use, not “sex offenders”. I also see it as positive that the author of the article stated that she doesn’t see a purpose for the public registry. And I love the question she asked: “What kind of society builds parks not for children, but to chase sex offenders away”? This article and articles… Read more »

I agree – the article was good press and valid points were made that, hopefully, a less informed public can relate to and be swayed by.

Did the piece appear in print edition?

@ C …. yes, it did appear in print.

Well, if it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, poops like a duck, then it isn’t a chicken! However the system describes their actions taken against the majority of RSO’s, it’s still punishment, punitive, penalty or whatever. This “select” group faces additional restrictions and penalties that no other group of people face. I say it’s all duck poop!

Abolish this UNCONSTITUTIONAL registry !!! We want NOTHING short of that !!! The registry as we know it VIOLATES everthing in the US & State constitutions. Due proces…VIOLATED. Ex post facto…VIOLATED. Due process…VIOLATED. Cruel and unusual punishment…VIOLATED.

We want NO part of this registry……. NONE !!!

continued…….Civil liberties…Violated.Freedom of speech…violated..etc etc etc

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