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CASOMB Letter Regarding Residence Restrictions (AB 201)

The following document presents a written statement provided to the Assembly Public Safety Committee regarding Assembly Bill 201, a proposed Bill which addresses local regulation of sex offender residence restrictions and exclusion zones. CASOMB Letter Regarding Residence Restrictions (AB 201)
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After a very cursory glance, some statements copied and pasted straight from the report:

“When it comes to residence restrictions and, to a slightly lesser extent, exclusion zones, the research and evidence is sufficiently clear. There is no research which supports the use of these strategies, there is substantial research showing that such policies have no effect on preventing recidivism, and there is growing body of research which indicates that residence restrictions actually increase sex offender recidivism and decrease community safety.” p.2

“Efforts to prevent new sexual victimizations by focusing on PC 290 Registrants are misplaced and a waste of resources. Instead, increased attention and resources should be directed toward broader prevention strategies.” p.5

“FINAL NOTE: As CASOMB has stated repeatedly in its Reports and other documents, it is unfortunate that so much energy goes into introducing and even implementing policies and practices which research says do not work rather than into actualizing the many possible policies and practices which could actually reduce sexual victimization in California.” p.8

Wow. Can this be ANY clearer? Earth to Sen. Runner et al…!!!

Don’t rely on the power of reports. Please write your letters and make your calls. Legislators may ignore reports and do what they think will get them votes. I sent my letter to the PSC, basically repeating the jist of this report.

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