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Chelsea’s Law: A Light to Shine On

Today — February 25, 2014 — I want to take a moment to remember the legacy of a girl named Chelsea King.

Chelsea was an activist, a runner, a student, a friend, a daughter, and a spunky, charismatic, jovial bubble of joy. This Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of Chelsea’s disappearance from Poway, Calif., and eventual murder. While she no can longer light up rooms with her smile or belt out a tune on her French horn, her legacy carries on today in the form of Chelsea’s Law.

Chelsea’s Law protects California’s children today with increased penalties, parole provisions and oversight for violent sexual offenders of children. This law is specifically targeted at criminals that our society cannot risk letting loose again: Certain offenses carry a one-strike punishment, meaning that especially vicious crimes would automatically merit life imprisonment without parole.

The rationale for such harsh sentences is clear: The Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that child molesters and statutory rapists released from prison have a 5.1% recidivism rate — 5.1% of these criminals were rearrested for a new sex crime within three years of their release. While that number does not seem very high, over the course of many years, not adopting a one-strike law would risk the safety of many children. Chelsea’s Law is now in place in California, and variants of it are being pushed forward in other states to prevent these avoidable tragedies. Full Article

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Another law named after a victim. Yeah, that will surely prevent crime! [sarcasm]

This article left me feeling like the author has a personal vendetta against sex offenders or at least one one in particular. It sounds like she’s willing to open the prison gates and let out people convicted of every crime with the exception of a sex offense. I followed the citation from this article about the clinical Psychiatrist who claimed “rehabilitation is not equally possible for serious violent offenders, like rapists.” Her statement was out of context (Surprise) and had nothing to do with Ca. prop. 36. It was from a BBC promotion for a TV show that aired in… Read more »

Again. Another law that promises to end sexual violence and like all the others will only pull the rug out from those past offenders who saw the light and wish to lead a lawful, productive life. The author has no empathy for the 95%, so she says, who don’t reoffend, their spouses, children, friends and employers. Of course, her opinion is all too common. The result will be more people in prison for sex crimes who will never see the light of day, and guess what, more millions to keep the prison system humming, more lives in poverty to drive… Read more »

There was one person who committed that crime ckelky ..whatever..stop blaming people who had nothing to do with your misfortune …..what that ckelky stuff needs to let people know how easy it is to be labeled ‘sexoffender’…are you telling the people evidence can be removed and replaced instructing jury to false evidence telling them that ..?? telling the people the deception false evidence that comes from a trial setting follows up with the false evidence information they give the public…that ckelky stuff needs to apologize to alot of people they wrongly blame..nobody else here involved ..stop blaming and be… Read more »

Anyone remember the early Saturday Night Live skits with Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtain doing a point/counterpoint? Remember how Dan Akroyd started his response to Jane Curtain? He would say “Jane, you ignorant slut…” Well reading many of these articles posted here, including this particular one, that becomes my response to the authors. Crude and crass, I know.

Hi mch;

Crude and crass, perhaps. But it fit’s the author rather well.

My response to Amiee Trujillo’s article; Ah yes; just another ill conceived and poorly researched article written from a biased point of view. I, for once would like to see a comprehensive piece written instead of this type of one sided rehash. The part I find the most amusing in a ludicrous sort way is the statement “Chelsea’s law protects California’s children”. It is clear Aimee Trujillo has only heard a fraction of the entire story. I’m curious what Aimee Trujillo’s response to this empirical and scholarly document is. I’m curious Aimee Trujillo; after reading the above empirical/scholarly study,… Read more »

Yup; Aimee Trujillo’s article sure ruffled my feathers!

As much as Ms. Trujillo’s article ruffled your feathers I would imagine Ms. Hess’s article will smooth them over… she calls it how it is.

Hi Joe;

Sad, but true.

I sent a thank you note to this author.

Chelsea King lived in our neighborhood. Not only that, but Chelsea was also a peer counselor in the program in which I worked. I remember the day that I found a flier attached to my windshield about her disappearance, and remember thinking that perhaps a Mountain Lion had attacked her due to the very remote location in which she was jogging. It was all so horrifying. I also turned to our son, who was with me at the time, and said, “This isn’t going to be good for you”. You see, our son was on the registry, and sure enough… Read more »

Hi JM; You are right. This author (Aimee Trujillo) seems to be exploiting Chelsea King, as so many have, just to keep the lie/myth alive. John Albert Gardner *** name corrected by Moderator *** was caught and convicted, so my question is this; “how many people do the Aimee Trujillo type wish to punish for what John Albert Gardner *** name corrected by Moderator *** did? And at what cost? These kind of people are a major contributor to the deterioration of the rights and freedoms of every American we have been witnessing and experiencing. They play a major role… Read more »

His name is John Albert GARDNER.

Thank you moderator. Would it be possible to add an edit feature to this site for self correction?

“Why can’t we just concentrate on violent crimes period.” – No kidding… Just today, the LA Times reports in a minor article that a man in Asuza was convicted of murdering a 2-year old with up to 21 blows to the head. Two comments in over 6 hours, one making reference to child molestors (???). But when, say, a teacher has a relationship with a willing 16/17 year old the mob cannot get out their pitchforks fast enough. Truly bizarre, the values in this country. @JM – Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I wonder if you will add it… Read more »

Hi Joe; Values? I thought it was more like mass manipulation/brainwashing through the ever sensational lame stream media. And Joe; More people need to be aware of this revelation of the seemingly evolving symbiotic relationship between James Clapper and the mass media, it’s important to every American and especially us registrants. This could have a direct and negative impact on our struggle for truth, freedom and equality. Excerpt: Clapper is often the guy who has to call newspaper editors to tell them not to print stories that they usually publish anyway. This process of pre-publication notice to the government of… Read more »

I remember after these murders I had strangers parked on the street above my house. My wife said “you better lay low.” Why should my family and I live in fear because of another man’s horrendous acts?

The point of focus is the problem. If the murderer had received treatment and never committed the crime, no one would ever take notice. He’d be in the majority of non offenders. All media coverage and most research is focused on the very few who reoffend, because that is the group that has the greatest shock value and will draw the most research dollars. Then the qualities of the few are deemed the characteristics of the many. I think the whole systems needs a turn on its head. Learn from the majority and apply what’s learned to make better policy.

I can’t understand that so many people are focusing on the “sex crime” part of this whole story. It was a murder first and foremost and murderers need to be brought to justice. Not the murderers who have done their time already, or the ones who might commit a murder in the future (since we don’t know who that is) but the murderer who committed this crime. Will we have to monitor every person in this country since we won’t know who will be the next offender? That is impossible and a waste of time to try. Many sex crimes… Read more »

I emailed my comment to the author Aimee.

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