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While sex offenders fight for a shot off the registry, opponents raise safety concerns

A federal judge declared Colorado’s sex-offender registry unconstitutional earlier this month, ruling that making sex-offenders’ addresses, ages and photos accessible to the public is cruel and unusual punishment. Now, an effort to reform California’s own sex-offender registry is raising questions and concerns. Full Article

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  1. The Unforgiven

    Nice read, minus the gibberish that Paul Kelly spews.

  2. Ten years a slave

    Klauss: “It felt like the systems he helped build to protect children were unraveling, the pendulum swinging against his life’s work.”

    Nobody twisted your arm to start a misguided and misdirected crusade to witch hunt a segment of society to avenge your daughter’s death in the first place. All these child safety advocates need to find a way to make peace with their losses and find a way to live with it and stop projecting their hate and vengeance!

    • AlexO

      A better route to go to prevent future victims is actually to help rehab people before things get out of hand. You currently can’t even admit to a therapist that you’ve viewed CP without them being forced to report you under a threat of losing their license. Pure retribution has never helped deter crime. If it did, Texas and other states would be murder-free.

      • J3

        AlexO…Seeing that this bill just passed the assemly today would u happen to know what tier my husband would b. Felony sexual battery reduced to misdemeanor and dismissed per 1203.4 and he’s not on the website right now. Your help or anyone would greatly be appreciated. Thank you

        • AlexO

          What’s his code? Going by just the description isn’t accurate enough to answer.

        • Nondescript

          Tier 1 misdemeanor sexual battery
          Tier 3 felony sexual battery ( was in tier 2 until the latest amendments)

          243.4 (a) is a “wobbler” and is currently able to be reduced. Now that they are officially placing that felony code into tier 3 , i’m wondering if they may try to make it a straight felony, unable to be reduced after the completion of probation in the future. Anyone convicted of a wobbler should get it reduced as soon as possible.

        • Benny

          Does anyone know if and when this bill passes, will they base your tier placement on the original felony sexual battery or base it on the reduction/ dismissal. I’m just as concerned as many of you. Thanks

  3. Follow the $

    “All of a sudden, for people who were supposed to be punished one way or another for long periods of time, it’s all well and done,” Klaas says

    Even the people fighting to keep the registry know it is punishment. It’s time for the Supreme Court to accept it’s intent was punishment regardless of what legislatures claim.

    • AJ

      Yes, quotes like this are priceless and should be memorialized and presented whenever possible. Other than the preambles to the laws themselves and judges, is there anywhere it’s not called punishment?

  4. Cool CA RC

    Now everyone says it is punishment.
    I think those lawyer should quote all those lawmakers saying that “those are PUNISHMENT”! it is right there on white paper and black ink. (black and white)

  5. counting the days

    I appreciated article, but felt like punching a hole in a wall after reading that idiot Kelly’s comments. I bet he’s one of the under reported crimes he’s talking about. Nothing worse than a self rightous cop in a position of influence.

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