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California loosens sex offender residency restrictions to focus on pedophiles, sex crimes on children

SACREMENTO – California will alter its 8-year-old ban preventing all registered sex offenders from living near schools or parks, state officials announced Thursday, instead imposing the restriction only on pedophiles and others whose sex crimes involved children.

The state corrections department said it is changing its policy in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that found the blanket prohibition unconstitutional. The high court ruled this month that restrictions imposed by California voters in 2006 go too far to limit where sex offenders can live. Full Article

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  1. Bruce Ferrell

    I’m not certain I understand this ruling. Does it effect only those “on paper” (parolees)?

  2. j

    Registrants who were not in custody or on supervision at the time this law went into effect were not included in the ban. Not all registrants convicted of crimes against children are pedophiles even though the term is used in generally (though incorrectly) used.

  3. Commenter1

    So are the statewide residency restrictions only for those on parole?

    • j

      It was intended for everyone convicted after 35 went into effect but due to the complexity, enormity and cost, it was whittled down to those on supervision, for what I can gather.

      To call this a very poorly planned and written statute would be generous at best.

      Consider the source and it will be easy to see what and how such a quagmire has ensued.

  4. Timmr

    Those convicted of sex crimes (whether off parole or not) , pedophiles, child molesters — the terms are all interchangeble in this article and in the mind of the average citizen.

  5. Q

    Those nit wits wouldn’t know a pedophile if he or she came up and smacked em between the eyes. This whole “SO” lie has gotten so big and so out of hand it’s nothing less than confusion. I’m sure there are many labeled “pedophile” that are not, and equally sure there are many that don’t wear the label that are pedophiles; many of them police and public officials that embrace the lie (entire careers have been built upon this lie). Just like the father of Kylee Freeman, one of the professional victims.

    1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

  6. B

    This ruling only effects those who are on parole. I’m not sure it is in keeping with the spirit of the Supreme Court ruling and it ought to be challenged. The Supreme Court was rather clear in their rejection of “blanket restrictions”. They believed that on a case-by-case basis, there could be residency restrictions on certain parolees, but just reducing the size of the blanket does not mean that there is no longer a blanket restriction.

    One small step. Very small. Probably illegally small.

  7. Timmr

    On the one hand parole agents ought to welcome the chance of reducing the number of homeless they have to monitor. On the other hand, if they have a stack of people on parole they have to decide on a case by case basis, well, the blanket looks a lot more comfy. And they have the angry pitch fork mobs at the gates, who pay their salaries, to answer to. That’s were this monster feeds.

  8. mike

    A lil bit of info here.

    In popular usage, the word pedophilia is often applied to any sexual interest in children or the act of child sexual abuse. [4][5] This use conflates the sexual attraction (pedophilia) with the act of abuse (child molestation), and does not distinguish between attraction to prepubescent and pubescent or post-pubescent minors. [6][7] Researchers recommend that these imprecise uses be avoided because although people who commit child sexual abuse sometimes exhibit the disorder, [5][8] child sexual abuse offenders are not pedophiles unless they have a primary or exclusive sexual interest in prepubescent children, [6][9][10] and not all pedophiles molest children.

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