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Where are sex offenders? Jessica’s Law complicates monitoring

The number of homeless sex offenders has skyrocketed since Jessica’s Law went into effect, and after the recent arrest of two serial killer suspects some experts say the law to protect women and children is backfiring. Unable to live near schools and parks, some registered offenders end up living on the streets, making it difficult for them to find jobs and forcing them into areas where they end up congregating.

Before the residency restrictions brought by Jessica’s Law eight years ago, 88 paroled sex offenders were registered as transient in California. Within five years, that number spiraled to 1,986. Full Article

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Before i saw this thred I already posted this in comments. But here it is again. A letter i wrote to the OC Register: Dear Editors: I read with interest the article about the problems Jessica’s law presents to sex offenders that renders them homeless. What was most interesting was City of Fullerton’s solution as stated at the end of the article. With the Sex offender Management Board stating that there is not a bit of evidence that residence restrictions are helpful and, after a hysterical, Chicken-little-like campaign (where they spent hundreds of thousands of tax dollars and hundreds of… Read more »

Excellent letter!

Hi Michael: I like the chicken little comparison; it fit’s these campaigns so well. I wasn’t aware that homeless registrants were only required to show up at some police station every thirty day’s. I am not homeless, yet was told (not sure if I should believe it) that basically If I moved I’m required to report the move to the department I had been registering at as well as the department in the new area I would be moving to. And if I didn’t do this I would be charged with a felony and likely go to prison. Do you… Read more »

This is a good thing this article has been published in such a main stream /lame stream newspaper. Almost 2,000 people homeless because of Jessica’s law is unconscionable; how is it with all the hypocritical Christians in OC that this could be allowed to happen. Rosanne Froeberg, assistant district attorney for the office’s sexual assault unit says she is so concerned about public safety; if that is true why does she even support such a useless and wasteful program that leaves the kids of registrants fatherless and without the protection of a complete family? If each one of these registrants… Read more »

According to the CA Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB), the rate of homelessness for registered citizens tripled after the passage of Jessica’s Law. That number now exceeds 6,000 people. As the Board concluded, society is less safe rather than more safe after the passage of that law.

6,000! Theoretically that would be 12,000 children growing up without the benefit of a complete family, possibly more. If anyone watched the videos linked to the article in the post “North State Psychotherapist wants changes to Megan’s Law” they would know that this places these children at risk of being victimized. The four men Opra interviewed repeatedly stated that they looked for children that were vulnerable, that had unfulfilled needs. I’m always totally amazed that people like Todd Spitzer, Tony Rackauckas and their kind fail to see or acknowledge the children of registrants and the harm to the family unit,… Read more »

Q, you are right on. Those convicted need to be able to support their children, fir the good of everyone. The government isn’t going to do it. There is always talk of breaking the cycle of violence and making the offender take responsibility for getting his life back together. It’s the right thing ti do. Somehow, the politicians become exempt from responsibility for their actions. Their policies have created a growing homeless population and the collateral damage of poverty and violence. Who do they blame it on? The homeless. How convenient, when most of the politicians are millionaires and can… Read more »

Hi Tim: Your right, registrant’s must be able to support themselves and their families. As far as the registrant taking responsibility and getting his/her life back together, I’m in agreement, as is most of the population; in fact that’s what I want for myself. I took responsibility years ago, now give me back my life. The problem is the people like Tony Rackauckas, Todd Spitzer, and every other misguided proponent of ever increasing and harsher laws and ordinances micro regulating the lives of registrants. This is the crux of the problem, yet these vigilantes wearing their veneer of public office… Read more »

Since the legislature has skillfully crafted a way to impoverish these families, lets see if they have the stones to give them living wage vouchers and pay compensation to the innocent children of registrants who have had their lives unnecessarily shattered.

That is a conversation they will defer until hell freezes over.

Spitzer wants homeless registrants to check in daily? Daily? Honest? Wow. Think of the staff time for that exercise. At least the police will be too busy checking them in daily to do dangerous stuff like arrest gang members or drug dealers.

If those of us who choose to be transient have to check in daily, how would they expect us to keep a job so we can get off the streets? Oh yeah, they don’t want us to have a job…or a home…or a life…

Most of the efforts towards fighting against the sex offender registry should be focused in California. It’s like driving a nail into a coffin hammering on one nail at a time gets more results than hamming on many at once. The 80/20 rule would work if we have to 80% focus on California and 20% elsewhere. An argument can be made against San Antonio for their parks bans of registrants and of course Florida is the worse of the worse. Historically change happens first in the West (California) and moves Eastward.

Transient RSO’s will more than likely be, or remain jobless (not to mention if they are/were pursuing an education) if they had to check in daily.

Spitzer for the fail.

The reaction to any of these stories is emotional, not rational. The sex offender registry does not help society; it harms society, and the ex-offender trying to find work and housing. The more stable the ex-offender’s life, the better off society is. It is the instability in anyone’s life that causes issues that can quickly escalate to a crime, depending on you genetic makeup, social perceptions and subsequent thinking patterns. Alcohol is almost always involved and it is never treated as the root of the problem. Putting someone in jail without treatment, simply forestalls the inevitable. Even though sex offender… Read more »

George Runner ought to be dragged into the legislature to answer to his folly.

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