A Criminal Justice System in Crisis: Suspect Serial Killers Slip Through the Cracks in OC (Op-Ed)

In light of the recent arrests of two registered sex offenders in connection with four murders in Orange County, I’d like to share an article that I originally wrote a few months ago for OC Lawyer Magazine. The tragedy brings into focus the critical shortcomings of our state’s sex offender registry and the stress it puts on a criminal justice system already in crisis. As far as public policies goes, the laws regulating sex offenders are incredibly difficult to approach and reform, but we owe victims (and potential victims) a system that actually works… Full Article

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I notice from the news that people are out there committing serial murders while wearing their GPS monitors and while under “strict supervision and reporting”. That sort of shows how useless such requirements are. Whether it is GPS, residency restrictions, or any of the other requirements of Jessica’s Law—-all are useless and ought to be declared unconstitutional. The attorney general of California ought to simply declare a moratorium on any further enforcement.

I read about these two suspects in the news today. The statements by law enforcement are laughable, especially full of baloney Tony Rackauckaus’s statement that “they put a stop to a serial killing that would likely have continued beyond this point.” They did stop them, but they didn’t prevent anything, four people and probably more are dead, and they didn’t stop that.

I just wish someone down in OC had the balls to ask full of baloney Tony and other law enforcement why all these laws, the registry, GPS monitoring, residency restriction’s, compliance checks and everything else, like AWA and SORNA, Megan’s Law etc ad nausium, designed to prevent this sort of thing and keep people safe has utterly failed; AGAIN.

These police and other officials need to stop patting themselves on the back and tell us EXACTLY how those ankle bracelets helped prevent anything at all, and how denying thousands of people their right’s guaranteed under the constitution and bill of rights helped these dead people. WTF is wrong with people? Why do the keep believing in all these laws when the truth about these laws is laying right in front of them; dead? Are they REALLY that stupid?

A better solution? Take the money spent on technical fixes and blanket residency restrictions and put it towards educating and staffing the parole system. Parole officers purpose is to provide a transition from prison to full citizenship, not to act as substitute corrections officers. Their job is not only to make sure offenders not fall back on bad habits, but also to make sure they have jobs, a home and a supportive community in which to live. Jessica’s law does just the opposite. Unfortunately, we will probably see more of the same as the angy mills churn out more feel good reactionary politics.