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CA: Changes Are Coming to California Sex Offender Registry

[independent.com]

Fifty-four sex offenders live within two miles of the Santa Barbara Independent’s Figueroa Street offices. Their mugshots, height, weight, ethnicity, eye color, home addresses, criminal charges, and date they were released from jail are listed on the Megan’s Law website. That is about to change.

California lawmakers voted last year to reduce the length of time required for sex-offender registration. This means a sizeable number of Santa Barbara County registrants will no longer be tracked or publicly identified.

“It’s like putting a GPS on every shark in the ocean because one might attack a swimmer,” said Laura Arnold, a deputy public defender in Riverside and expert on sex offender registration laws. “Does it make the public safer? Probably not,” said Arnold, who was in Santa Barbara this week for a law seminar.

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  1. AlexO

    Did the registry change or does this article have very wrong information? It states tier three is for repeat offenders. I remember this was true in one of the early drafts, but I thought the last one included a fair amount of codes that had nothing to do with repeat offenses, and even things like CP possession?

    • ab

      Do not believe for one second that a news organization has read every word in legislation that is just under three years from taking effect. You are correct about numerous first time offenses being lumped into tier three including receipt, possession, or distribution of cp.

    • Hmmm...

      I don’t think the article’s author read the actual legislation. Tier 3 also consist of “high” Static-99R scorers.

    • C

      This is a classic example of “fake news” through deliberately false, inaccurate or just plain lazy reporting.

  2. Tim Moore

    “But the question remains: Can serious sex offenders be rehabilitated?” Why do they keep asking this question? The FBI says only 5% re-offend, California says less than 1%. The question has already been answered, registrants are the most rehabilitation friendly of any class of convict. Geez!

    • Harry

      Most are rehabilitated day after the arrest, at least, I was.

      • steve

        Ditto… and if you don’t learn the 1st time….

      • kind of living HR 645

        DA’s and cops among other state offices are quite good at seeing to it you get a new case , CPS are pros at it , often using tactics to make children think they cant go home if they don’t say this or that , and they don’t just do it to RC’s , many people have lost their kids in the manner , only to be sent to some so called home ran by the state , I have met , and know people that were great parents and lost their kids because of Nazi tactics , so watch your step , because a few years ago CPS got a call from some nut and said this guy was doing stuff to his kids , as it turned out there was no proof of that , and the parents were supposed to get their kids back and CPS said not just yet and made the parents jump hoops for a long time , and they still took the kids away , no crime , well the kids are older now and with their family because they are 18 and older , and everyone of them said the CPS forced them , I was just reading about another case along the same lines up in Oregon ,

      • Tim Moore

        I started to be rehabilitated the day after the offense. So many things got addressed after the offense that weren’t being addressed in my life. It was my hitting bottom. Only way I could go was up.

        • AlexO

          Likewise for me. I started rehab the same week as my arrest. Other than having to register, the rest of the experience was actually a positive one for me. Lots of issues were addressed in my life that kept building up. Even the negative aspects of the experience like jail were a positive one as it helped me built more empathy and understanding of how our system works in general. Before this, I was one of those “throw the key away” people for just about all crimes.

        • AJ

          @AlexO:
          Before this, I was one of those “throw the key away” people for just about all crimes.
          —–
          A shrink once half-jokingly told me, “If you want to make a liberal out of a conservative, have him spend a night or two in jail. If you want to make a conservative out of a liberal, have him get mugged.”

  3. Hmmm...

    Void in this article is the fact that the highly flawed Static-99R will be used to also determine Tier 3 offenders. The tiered registry will not merely be limited to the “severity of crimes.”

    • kind of living HR 645

      @ AJ ,,,,, ,, A Shrink once told you : that was funny stuff , why not put them both in prison for awhile , and with out telling either party when they get out of how ever long , put them on the registry , that way the full effect of time and mugged is driven home

  4. Not Really

    She recalled one case where investigators used a photograph on the registry to track down a man who had committed three heinous rapes. “Otherwise, they would have started with every male in Santa Barbara County,” she said.

    There used to be this thing called a mug shot. And there used to be this thing called a criminal record that the authorities could utilize. Guess if it is not a click away it doesn’t exist anymore.

    • David Kennerly, Bull-Splatter Analyst

      This is one of the ways that our opponents misdirect the public on the issue of the Registry. They like to confuse the existence and utility of the Registry with the ability of law enforcement to know about sex offenders or, for that matter, anyone with a criminal record. Law enforcement does not need the Registry. They’ve never needed the Registry. They have your’s, my and every other person with a criminal record’s arrest history.

      • Tim Moore

        Yes, and they can monitor dangerous people if they want to. Dang, you or I can even monitor people with the basic tecnologies we have today, but that would be called stalking if we did it. Instead they knock on registrant doors and make a show of public safety, sometimes swat cars and all in the middle of the night, and then they plaster it up on their website, they are keeping the predators in line. That’s because the politicians give them money for that, and they must dance to the tune of containing villain sex offender for their bread. Its a business.

    • Dustin

      They’re already a click away in NCIC, to which all LE has access.

      Also, I’d bet if that lady were pressed about the details and circumstances of the case she’s referencing, she’d draw a blank.

  5. USA

    Well, the article clearly wasn’t written well, but its hope. I think (I actually wonder) how this will play out. When I apply to no longer register, 25 years will have passed since my arrest, 24 since my plea and 23 since my release from LA County Jail. I received a Battery Plea/expunged and Summary Probation. I’ve not been arrested/detained etc since this time. So, I would be hard pressed to see how a Judge can deny the request. I would be a Tier 1.

    • AlexO

      Hopefully it’ll be as simple of a process as the expungement and not cumbersome like the CoR.

  6. USA

    Well stated Alex. I’m thinking the same thing.

  7. Michael R. Sumners

    One of the main points that has to continuously be hammered home to get people to better accept this is that 46 other states have had a tiered registry for decades and have had no particular problems related to it.

  8. Tim Moore

    Better to hammer in the point that only the few English speaking countries of the world have sex offense registries and only the United States has a public registry. All the other developed countries seem to be doing fine without them. Are English speakers more prone to breaking sex laws? Kind of doubt it. Looks like as far as reported rapes go, the United States is way up there on the list. No evidence that any registries serve as significant deterent. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics

  9. melissa menchaca

    I’m noticing that finally changes are being done, I couldn’t be happier. My husband was wrongfully convicted of rape almost 18 years ago, he went to prison did his time. It has been almost 3 years since the alleged victim cried rape again only difference was we live in the new world of technology which saved this poor mans life. He filmed the alleged rape and when the alleged victim was shown proof of her Lie she recant and said she didn’t want to press charges. Of course my husbands name was brought into the conversation with said girl being that the rape she had just described was almost identical to the one she fabricated almost 14 years prior. She of course 14 years too late admitted she lied and that my husband never raped her. So what I need to know is why hasn’t there been a bill passed that makes these life ruining woman accountable for their actions? I have people whispering things to our children and treating them different on account their father according to this horrible person is a monster when anyone that really knows this man knows he is the most of the most when it comes to parenting, mentoring and even the best partner I could ask for. I need to know who will help us? We have tried all these soo called innocence projects and for some reason no one will help. We have a signed document from the court stating there was a habeas petition filed and when we pay to have court records printed, they send us our money back and an apology for not having anything. Please any info would be helpful, we are trying all we can but we can always use any kind of help or just stear us in the right direction. Thank You Cali

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