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California eases Jessica’s Law restrictions for some sex offenders

When California voters approved Jessica’s Law in 2006, the goal was simple: to keep sex offenders away from children. The sweeping measure prohibited all sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks where children gather, regardless of whether their crimes involved children.

The law left large swaths of neighborhoods off-limits to these parolees, creating consequences that not everyone expected. Sex offenders were pushed into industrial areas, homeless camps and other remote locations. In Harbor Gateway, officials even built pocket parks to help make larger portions of the community fall under the Jessica’s Law restrictions. Full Article

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what do you wanna bet the PO’s are gonna come up with some asinine excuse why we don’t qualify?

“NEXUS” being that we’re SO’s

I wonder if being on parole is better than staying there through the end of the sentence. Although incarceration is living hell, I’m not sure that the conditions of release and parole aren’t a greater burden. If that time after parole eligibility and end of actual sentence can be useful and productive, especially with regard to counseling and job prep, it may be worth it. I know this statement will be controversial, however after a look at the conditions of release and supervision, it may do some better to avoid the entire parole loop.

My loved one, who’s alleged crime was against a 21 year old, has been told by his P.O. that because of changes to this law, both residency and presence restrictions will not apply to him. As stated in this article, he will still be required to wear a GPS monitor. My question is why monitor someone that doesn’t have residency and presence restrictions? And Janice & Co., once the dust settles with this tiered registry issue, can we get the wheels in motion to challenge Jessica’s Law???

@Edie:
If the GPS was court-ordered, it will almost assuredly take a court-order to get it removed. But beyond that, are there presence restrictions in his supervision? Not allowed in bars, strip joints, etc? Obviously someone has decided he needs to be subjected to “intense supervision” (that phrase always sounds awfully Monty Python-esque to me). Finding out who decided that, why, and to observe what about his behavior would seem to be the best route to get answers…and maybe a removal of that fashion accessory.

AJ – This was an out of state conviction, with a sentence that required registration but lacked the GPS requirement (which the state of conviction doesn’t require). His Interstate Compact transferred his post-prison supervision to Calif. Hence, he’s subject to California laws, so I guess you could say it was court ordered indirectly. Due to the Supreme Court case in San Diego, residency and most presence restrictions were lifted. Establishments who primarily serve alcohol are off limits, so I guess that combined with the 50 mile restriction justifies the GPS anklet. While our family is new to this mess, already… Read more »

@Edie: Being an ICOTS “client,” he must comply with the supervision requirements of both States–meaning CA can add measures the transferring State didn’t impose. That the transferring State didn’t require GPS makes your hunt a little easier, as you can now look wholly within CA rules, regs and laws to see why the GPS. I guess the first thing I would do were I him is ask my PO why it’s required. Doing this in a non-confrontational way is highly recommended. Asking out of ignorance and curiosity will go a long way. “Is this GPS thing something I have to… Read more »

We are in California, and when my husband was released on Probation, the PO put the ankle monitor on him. It was not mandated by the judge or written in any of his court stipulations. I addressed the PO and was told that it was State Law. Upon further research, I saw that State Law requires SOs on Parole to wear an ankle monitor, so obviously, he was mistaken. In any case, the PO made up his own “rule” I guess, and we could have probably gone back to court to ask the judge to add the stipulation if that… Read more »

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