Sex offender revamp in works under state bill

California’s sex offender registry didn’t protect Chelsea King. A registered child predator abducted, raped and murdered the 17-year-old high school senior after she set off for a jog on the trails around Lake Hodges in San Diego County in 2010.

Authorities used DNA to track down John Albert Gardner III, who confessed to killing Chelsea and another teen, Amber DuBois, who had gone missing near San Diego a year before on her way to school.

Chelsea’s father, Brent King, has been fighting ever since for stricter punishments and closer monitoring of sex offenders whose victims were children. So it might surprise some that he thinks California should end its practice of requiring all sex offenders to register with authorities every year for the rest of their lives. Full Article

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I have been telling the legislators for the past several years that the registry only gives parents a false sense of security, especially when 90% of abuse is committed by someone who’s not on the registry. I’m glad this man partially agrees with reform, and I hope he’s there on Tuesday to stand in support.

I didn’t get how the registry would have prevented Morales’ molestation, maybe someone can tell me the connection, but heck, why not present her view on the registry as equally thought out as Dr. Ellman, a person who has deeply studied the issue.
This is what the media likes to do, present some counterpoint no matter how unverified to give the impression they are being fair and journalistically analysing the issue. Well as long as there is someone disaggreeing, an expert’s testimony must be suspect. This is the old Fox News “fair and balanced” script that you see used everywhere, whether the news outlet leans conservative or progressive, it is the same.

If it’s about public safety, the’ve done the complete opposite. I remember the serious attacks on anyone who ever questioned a bill targeting sex offenders. Thankfully people have finally grown spines.

Cities and towns living with self-created hysteria, like the Hysteria in Hispaira has never, ever once protected a child. Unable to see and think, these people will jump on any law that sounds at the surface like a good idea.

We can finally breathe a sigh of relieve that people have been waking up and moving forward in balancing freedom with public safety. The ultimate goal is to have 100% public safety while having 0% crime. Neither of that will ever happen, but the balance needs to on the side of protecting the integrity of The Constitution. Trample over that, you and you trample over everything.

I am hoping common sense will continue to prevail.

That is sad and horrible for what happen and at least they caught the guy, but is that really worth going to their legislators to pass stricter laws and more monitoring of registrants? For the horrific death of Megan Kanka they pass the Megan’s Law and the IML, to protect families and children which does nothing good but harm and vigilante violence is also a result. Do the parents want Justice which they already got from that guy they caught or is that not enough for them that they want more strict laws and monitoring of every registrant for revenge?

I wonder what Mr. King thinks about the STATIC 99 “assessments?” Another thing someone a while back brought up is how Ms. King’s killer scored a 2 — “low risk” — on the STATIC 99. When her killer is rescored on the new STATIC 99R, he *still* would have been given a 2 before he murdered Ms. King. Scott Kernan, who was then CDCR undersecretary, defended the junk STATIC in 2010. Now that he is the secretary, he’s doubled-down on the b.s. You can read about it here. The 10 question scheme is a joke:

The problem I see is people keep speaking out against the registry, but then still throw age of victim into what should change as if a victims age can determine if someone will offend again. Is there any solid data that shows a offender with a victim 16 years of age will reoffend less than one with a 12 year or victim or less?

I still think that anyone and EVERYONE who has an expunged record needs to fall off the registry in addition to those who have a pre-1987 conviction. There is no reason for someone to continue with the registry when his/her record has been expunged. THIS needs to be suggested to the state.