Three years ago, I was involved in an auto accident which shattered my ankle resulting in my having to take public transportation from Sylmar to Torrance which required two buses, two trains and then two more trains each way on cast and crutches for surgery and rehab. I registered in Van Nuys and at that time informed react (LAPD) that on the occasions that I would have to travel to Torrance I might spend the night with friends in Long Beach.
To make a long story short, I was arrested in Long Beach and charged with a failure to register and after I beat that case, I arrested in the San Fernando valley for the exact same thing even though I was able to prove that I was in compliance, it just took a few weeks and even though the law says that before a person can be found guilty, the state must prove that I willfully failed to register. I took my case to trial and was found guilty and just released after spending three years in prison at $50,000 a year plus the cost to prosecute.
I was released last Tuesday and had to register as a transient because there is no housing available in the entire San Fernando valley and I am still walking the streets with an ankle monitor and four pages of conditions and now they want to determine whether I should have to take sex offender treatment as well. It is frightening, stressful and terribly depressing.
Suggestion: the community should be allowed to open homes and the state should have to pay for the housing of sex offenders for at least six months at least. The cost is much cheaper than prison and the likelihood of successful reintegration makes for a safer community.
I used to run two re-entry transitional homes for high risk offenders and no one ever re-offended. I would be willing to share the details of why transitional housing should be made available.
Thank you for hearing me.
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