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Sex-Offender Laws to Be Weakened

Prompted by two adverse appellate court decisions and a lawsuit springing from them, the board of supervisors on Tuesday gave tentative approval to amendments to the county code that would strike down certain provisions defining where registered sex offenders may visit when children are present.

The changes, due for a final vote on Feb. 10, would repeal the so-called “presence” provisions in the county code, language that prevents sex offenders from being within 300 feet of various locations where children might congregate. Full Article

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  1. ab

    1. Not all sex offenses involve children
    2. Not all sex offenses involving children are hands on offenses
    3. Not all hands on offenses are necessarily hands on
    4. Not all sex offenses require nudity or sex acts of any kind
    5. Some sex offenses are sex offenses in one place but not another
    6. Prepubescent children are on the sex offender registry
    7. Prepubescent teens are also on the registry
    8. The so called laws are flawed anyway because preventing future crimes has little to do with monitoring former offenders and a lot to do with stopping people from becoming offenders or victims in the first place.
    9. Given how much research has been conducted to treat or provide counseling for offenders one would reasonably believe the mental health community has a firm grasp on how offenses can happen. So why isn’t that knowledge being used to create pre offense awareness and diversion from committing offenses? If its because no one cares enough to stop more victims from being created then society as a whole is as much at fault for future offenses as the offenders themselves and that is beyond tragic.

  2. Tired of hiding

    These “laws” are like a game of ping-pong they lessen one and tighten another so no progress is ever really made if you are truthful about it.

    In reality it is totally unfair to make sex offenders (with the obvious exception of serial predators) be on a registry and certainly with no way off even with decades of “good behavior”!

    So now you can go to a park…but you can’t internationally travel. Ping-pong!

    • Timmr

      Tired, that reminds me, I have to go wack down the weeds again. They keep coming up even more vigorous, and after three times this year I’m considering hiring a goat, which I will then have to make sure doesn’t munch down the white sage and live oaks I want to keep. Nonetheless, I have made progress protecting my dogs from those nasty barbed seeds that work their way into ears and nasal passages, causing huge vet bills. What am I saying here? I know how to keep the weeds from coming back, I have to make sure all the weeds never are able to set seed. This requires much expense and time I don’t have (an acre of weeds). Fighting nature, human nature, is even more difficult, you pull up one noxious ordinance and the seeds of fear propagate another. Then the media makes sure it’s watered with crocodile tears and fertilized with BS. We know how to end it, reverse the SCOTUS decision that registration is valid regulation and sow in people’s minds the truth, where it may grow. But this also apparently requires long term commitment, allocation of much money time and other human resources. Until then, the task is to wack at the nastiest of the laws, keeping them from working their way into our throats, eyes, ears and nostrils and infecting our lives.

  3. Q

    “anti-predator ordinances??????” I’ve never preyed upon anyone!

    • Timmr

      Hi Q. As Janice said, language is important, and the language of these local officials is atrocious. They obviously don’t know who they are targeting, why they are targeting them (is there a problem even that needs to be solved), or whether the targeting is even effective. They at least need to have clear language which answers these if they do want to have a law that works. Instead it sounds like one toad croaking, and then another, and then another attracted to the bog by the sweet sounds of their own ignorance.

  4. Michael

    We have to comment online in the article to get people’s attention and educate them. I did. Next?

  5. mike

    I like that … Sounds like toads croaking that’s what they are bunch of toads croaking and others following

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