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Governor vetoes GPS-tampering bill

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed a bill to increase prison sentences for high-risk sex offenders who tamper with their electronic tracking devices, proposed legislation prompted by serial killings in Orange County.

Senate Bill 722, by state Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, followed the killing of four women who disappeared from high-prostitution areas of Santa Ana and Anaheim between October 2013 and March 2014. Arrested in the killings were two GPS-wearing registered sex offenders who had received light punishment after twice cutting off their bracelets.

The bill would have made GPS tampering punishable by three years in state prison for the most serious of registered offenders. Full Article

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  1. B

    Apologies for posting something not relevant to the original post ***moved to new post – moderator***, but Governor Brown vetoed a bill that would have added penalties for a sex offender removing a GPS device. I think it passed unanimously in the legislature.

    “Each of these bills creates a new crime — usually by finding a novel way to characterize and criminalize conduct that is already proscribed,” Brown wrote. “This multiplication and particularization of criminal behavior creates increasing complexity without commensurate benefit.”

    This guy is awesome.

    • Harry

      I wonder if, he is open to limiting the ‘registry’, because on the most part, it is just filling up prisons and adds to policing, “without commensurate benefit.”

    • Q

      It’s too bad so many other governors, judges, etc don’t consider that “there are already laws available to deal with any problems addressed by the bills” before we got to this point we are at now.

  2. ab

    Good for the Governor.

    Although making it a crime to cut off a GPS tracking bracelet is idiotic. Those things are useless anyway.

  3. G4Change

    Thank you, Governor Brown, for not rushing to sign a bill into law just because it has the words “sex offender” written on it. Your decision was the right decision. I pray that your bravery encourages and inspires others in California government to start voting accordingly.

  4. USA

    Well, glad to hear the good news. I do feel people who purposefully remove their ankle bracelet should be violated, but they shouldn’t be treated any different than anyone else with similar requirements. Good to hear

  5. Marc

    Governor Brown just signed a bill to legalize physician assisted suicide. I think it a thing to do for a sex offender to petition for assisted suicide, comparing life as a sex offender and it’s terminal outcome to living a normal life in the same vein as someone with a fatal disease. The argument is quality of life. And where is quality of life for a sex offender who can never begin any grand hope without the stigma of being a deviant thrown back at them whenever they would attempt anything that might threaten the status quo of vested interests

    Marc

    I’m thinking about it.

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