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CA: Senate Public Safety Approves Weakened AB 514 [UPDATED]

[UPDATED 6/29/18 with court decisions regarding cities – see the end of this article]

The Senate Public Safety Committee today approved a weakened version of Assembly Bill 514.

The original version of AB 514 would have prohibited some individuals convicted of a sex offense involving a minor from living within 1,000 feet of day care centers. The bill would have applied to both registrants on parole as well as registrants not on parole.

The amended version of AB 514 does not prohibit any individual convicted of a sex offense from living near a day care center. Instead, it requires local law enforcement officilas to notify day care centers when a registrant moves within 1,000 feet. This requirement does not apply to individuals whose names are currently exempt from the Megan’s Law website.

During consideration of the bill, three organizations — ACSOL ACLU and CA Public Defenders — spoke in opposition to the original bill. The organizations educated committee members about recent court decisions which have determined that similar residency restrictions are unconstitutional and/or limited the restrictions only to registrants while on parole.

Senator Scott Wiener stated he had “serious concerns” about the language of the original bill. He added that the bill would have the effect of excluding all registrants from living in densely populated cities such as San Francisco, a city he represents. He also stated that the original bill would require registrants who currently live near day centers to move.

Senator Nancy Skinner, who chairs the Senate Public Safety Committee, stated that she shared Senator Wiener’s concerns. She added that the sex offender registry, as currently established, is flawed despite last year’s passage of a Tiered Registry. She suggested the amendment that was ultimately decided upon and which the bill’s author, Assembly Rudy Salas, agreed to.

The bill must next be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee where it could face opposition by the law enforcement community that would bear the expense of notifying day care centers about registrants who live nearby.

Also see

CA: Senate Public Safety to Consider Residency Restrictions Bill on June 26

Court decisions:

Order – MSA – May 2018_000012 (city of Maywood)

Order – Partial SMJ – Dec 2017 (city of Adelanto)


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  1. jd

    Is this madness going to be challenged, Janice?

    • Janice Bellucci

      @jd – Yes, we will challenge this bill if it passes the entire legislature and the Governor signs it into law.

  2. mike r

    The original version of AB 514 would have prohibited some individuals convicted of a sex offense involving a minor from living within 1,000 feet of day care centers. The bill would have applied to both registrants on parole as well as registrants not on parole.

    Now wait a minute. If the bill and coding are still in the 3003.5 section then it should only apply to parolees anyways. If it applies to everyone then the language about residency restrictions across the board would mean that they apply to everyone. All the bill did was add daycare centers as another section 3003.5(c). So if (c) applies to everyone then (b) applies to everyone……and (d)even applies to everyone.
    Remember, Taylor did not address whether the law applied to non-parolees and specifically stated that they were not deciding that issue. This is very concerning because if like I stated if (c) applies to everyone then (b) and (d) applies to everyone. It is the same exact language in (c) as (b)…..


    SECTION 1. Section 3003.5 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
    3003.5. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, when a person is released on parole after having served a term of imprisonment in state prison for any an offense for which registration is required pursuant to Section 290, that person may not, during the period of parole, reside in any a single family dwelling with any other person also required to register pursuant to Section 290, unless those persons are legally related by blood, marriage, or adoption. For purposes of this section, “single family dwelling” shall does not include a residential facility which that serves six or fewer persons.

    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it is unlawful for any a person for whom registration is required pursuant to Section 290 to reside within 2000 2,000 feet of any a public or private school, or park where children regularly gather.

    (c) Notwithstanding any other law, it is unlawful for a person for whom registration is required pursuant to Section 290 to reside within 1,000 feet of a day care center or family day care home, as defined in Sections 1596.76 and 1596.78 of the Health and Safety Code, respectively, if one or more of the victims of the crimes for which the person is required to register was 14 years of age or younger at the time the crime was committed.

    (d) This section does not prohibit municipal jurisdictions from enacting local ordinances that further restrict the residency of any a person for whom registration is required pursuant to Section 290.

    • j

      So we are (almost) back to square one for subsection (d), apparently allowing municipalities to establish residency restrictions . Though they have been successfully challenged in the past with the notion that municipalities and local jurisdictions have no control over the day to day lives of registrants. This
      statement was in support of registrants as a buffer against the chaos of subjecting the registrant to an infinite number of statutes. The PS committe should have gutted this subsection based on the challenges and the inherent conflict between CDCR’s objectives and the muddying of the waters trying to normalize the
      potential actions against registrants. This is absolute insanity and party affiliation seems to matter less
      yielding to regional views among all constituents. I have done limited research other than what I think might apply to me but section (d) appears to give any jurisdiction the ability to cause upheaval to any registrant, despite their apparent reintegration into society in many cases decades ago. This leaves
      any registrant with a grave amount of uncertainty at any point as to where they stand. These are Jim Crow laws. When you can have someone convicted of multiple murders and mayhem walk around impervious to similar restriction (excluding those who may have urinated on the corpse of their victim for sexual gratification), a clear case of breach of equal protection seems apparent. Mob rule once again prevails.
      Thanks for you patience and pardon any lack of clarity or accuracy in my statement. I am only reacting, which is one of the goals of these laws at large – to punish for life in any way possible.

      • mike r

        No J you are absolutely right. I cannot believe no one is speaking up about if the daycare law applies to everyone as Janice has stated then all 3003.5 applies to everyone. We need clarification o this as someone is wrong. Either Janice is correct and this applies to everyone, which means that all of her suits against cities residency or presence restrictions were without merit but prevailed anyways or she is wrong and this only applies to parolees…..Her suits were all predicated on the assumption that state law trumps local but according to this law, if it applies to everyone as she states section (c) does then state law allows local municipalities to enact their own ordinances further restricting registrants residency in any way they wish. Why is no one up in arms about this. Section (c) cannot apply to everyone unless sections (b) and (d) do as well. So I ask again,why does Janice or anyone think this notification law applies across the board and not just parolees? It makes NO sense.

  3. mike r

    I have to reinsert this code section back into my complaint no two ways about….If I am reading something wrong please correct me…

  4. mike r

    Here we go again…Does it apply to everyone or not????????????????????????????????????????????? Just because the AG states they will not enforce the laws against non-parolees and because no LE has used the law against a registrant does not null the language of the law and now it is being stated that (c) applies to everyone with the exact same language in the text in (b) and basically (d) as well………..if (b) only applies to parolees then (c) only applies to parolees. IF (c) applies to everyone then (b) and (d) apply to everyone…..

  5. Joe

    Repeating my question – to Janice please – from the older post:

    In discussion, the Senators made reference to a “problem” in Sen. Salas’ district, which this bill was attempting to “fix”. Did he provide any details as to what the “problem” was, exactly? Was it truly a case of sex abuse in a day care by a registrant who lived less than 1,000 from the day care location? If so, that would be a first. Or was the “problem” a day care provider objecting to the presence of an otherwise law abiding citizen?

    I missed the beginning of the morning session.

    My thought on this amendment is that this would be the first time that there will be legally required active notification – of a person not on parole / probation or considered SVP, or individually deemed a danger. I would imagine that is huge. The more crap they add the clearer it becomes that this turned the corner to full blown punishment. Merely listing a historical conviction my arse.

    Although this puts the onus on law enforcement and would cut into their donut time. I doubt this will fly.

    • jd

      Joe, are you sure it wouldn’t fly? I mean, exactly how hard is it for an officer to eat his or her doughnut while shooting off a few e-mails to local day care centers.

      If this actually goes through, my husband’s life (and my life, by extension) will become even more of a living hell. We live right next to a day care center.

      • AnonMom

        @jd, I too fear this actually getting through. I have no idea if there are any home day cares near my home. We are just laying low for our kids sake, I can’t imagine them actually making all this worse with notifications. This is just so dumb, we can live next door to other families with kids, but a day care is somehow any different? So frustrating! I am hoping for the best for your family, my family, and the other families that may be impacted by this useless suggestion of a law!

        • jd

          Thanks, AnonMom. Scary times…

        • Nicholas Maietta

          Back when i was working on a residency restrictions interactive mapping system, I tried to get a database of day care centers to enter into the system. Unfortunately, I was blocked from accessing this data because it was confidential. So how are registrants supposed to comply?

        • Tim Moore

          That’s the thing. Someone sees you on the internet, complains to the police. You have to leave or get cited. That was the proposed law. With the new proposal, you don’t have to know. It is up to law enforcement to see if you are near any day care centers and then inform the centers. They would have to create a GIS of the day care centers with the Megan’s Law overlay and update it regularly to add new daycares. They would probably contract that out. More money for the security, industrial complex

        • TS

          These daycare centers are business entities. Therefore, they should be registered with the state. Fnding out information about daycare centers in a particular neighborhood or area should not be complicated since it is public information. If they are not registered, but are official daycare centers, then they are probably illegal daycare centers. If it is someone who was merely watching children for a block of time without the official designation by law, then they cannot be considered a daycare center. Thus, no notification is required.

          The counter to this law is having a law passed that every registered daycare center within a home needs to have a sign out front notifying the neighborhood that there is a home-based daycare center business within the residence. One could also always check with the health department to ensure the home-based daycare center is registered with them and has been previously inspected. Their health inspection grades should be noted as to whether they are safe place for young children.

          See how this works? It can actually go both ways.

    • mike r

      Also, you are exactly right Joe. This is active notification which changes everything…….The gov is telling people “danger.” I do not know but AJ stated it a lot better at one point….My initial questions still hold though………..

    • AO

      @Joe, nothing happened. An RC with a 25 year old conviction moved in next door to a daycare center. The woman running it freaked out and called this senator.

  6. jd

    Isn’t the whole point of the idiotic draconian registry to give paranoid, uneducated parents a way to find out what predator will snatch and rape their child? If they care so much, they should just look that information up before sending their kid to the day care in the first place. Why is the onus on law enforcement to notify anyone?

    • Tim Moore

      Exactly, what is the purpose of Megan’s law anyway.? The defenders of the law keep saying its purpose is to let people know where the offenders are. Well if the present offenders are truly on the registry, then They Are going to Snatch My Kids Away Joe or They Are going to Snatch My Kids Away Jane please get a computer or a smart phone and just look it up. It doesn’t need an new law if you do that. If you are too lazy to do that, you don’t really care anyway. The offenders, though are not truly on the web site. They are in your churches, homes, schools, and they are the ones not on the registry, because no one suspects them, because no one intervenes or really cares until there is a conviction. When will some lawmaker just recognize the evidence for once. How much are they, we, paying for that CASOMB board for legislators to indulge the public fears. Look, we are going into another drought. California is going to burn up again, our source of wealth, our agriculture, is going choke and wither of thirst. Merders and rapes are still going unsolved. Get your priorities straight people. You don’t really have the luxury for this.

  7. GRR

    So even though a registrant is all ready on Megan’s list (and every other fu===king website) with picture and address showing where they live – now i guess somehow by the police notification everyone at the daycare is safer??? Like the daycare doesn’t know who lives or doesn’t live in the area. This is a complete joke. I can not believe the safety committee approve this. It does nothing.

    • j

      Chances are in most jurisdictions, excluding densely populated areas, notification has been done proactively by LE for decades. I can’t believe that I am using the term decades in reference to laws that have been passed since my cased was “closed” , for which i thousands continue to be effectively punished with no end in sight.

      Ignorance and mob rule handily trump party affiliation.

    • jd

      I tell you what it will do: put some day cares out of business because, I’m guessing, once the day care owners are notified, they will have a legal responsibility to notify their customers.

      • CR

        “… once the day care owners are notified, they will have a legal responsibility to notify their customers.”

        I didn’t see that in the bill.

        • Joe

          Perhaps not a legal requirement. But imagine I find out that I sent little Suzy to a Daycare that did not tell me something that the local cops felt necessary to share with them – involving a clear and present danger for little Suzy. Not sharing this information would put them in a most awkward position.

          Let’s be clear. The intent of this bill was banishment – NOT notification. The daycare person wanted the undesirable neighbor gone from her street or block, not be alerted to his presence. She already knew about him.

          I would not be surprised to see this bill pulled after this amendment.

  8. Matthew

    What I don’t get is registry information via Megan’s law requires you to click on things stating you understand you can’t use the information for this or that. If letters are sent no one is seeking info like some courts state. Instead information is there is not being sought for they can use the website on their own.

    • pgm111

      That is an excellent point. This legislation is a dog whistle to vigilante behavior. Sue the government if this passes.

      • matthew

        I totally need to proof-read my postings before I hit the “post comment.” I think the meaning is there and I am surprised this is not brought up more. That goes along with third party websites. There is no acknowledgment button rules that the Megan’s law website has.
        If this information is suppose to available to people who are seeking it, it should be hidden from public searches that are simply googling something else.

        • j

          I do the same. The guidelines suggest editing on a separate notepad, then copying your edited comment into the box. That give you time outside of the post dialogue to finalize your comment.

  9. pgm111

    I can only hope I survive this draconian nightmare.

  10. Tim Moore

    I am so sick of this. It is like trying to convince a bunch of scared kids that the Beast is just a dead paratrooper hanging from a tree. It may smell bad and the wind may frighten you but come on grow up.

  11. Harry

    Everything is going be okay. This bill will sink.

  12. steve

    The law says when someone “moves” within 1000 feet. If you are already there they aren’t going ro do anything. IMO.

    • Harry

      With the exception of a few, this will be the last thing on the LEA’s plate will do if RC does move near by. Nearly all LEA has a overflowing plates. This bill has lead balloons.

    • Tim Moore

      Where do you see the new text of this proposed law? The clip above just mentions an edit introduced by The SPSC chair and gave a summary.

  13. mike r

    I want to know WHY anyone thinks this applies to everyone and not just parolees ?? It is in section 3003.5 with the exact same verbiage as residency restrictions in that same section. This makes no sense at all….

  14. cool CA RC

    Im glad to see that LE is starting to see the light on this. This add a burden to the local police and sheriff department. Where their resources can be use else where.

  15. totally against public registry

    First off, the word “victim” needs to be changed to “Survived”. My God, victim is such a permanent label. and frankly, I am tired of it and it should be permanently replaced with a word that states this person who was hurt and survived and is gone on to live his/her life……..successfully

    Maybe then, things won’t look so grim- no one will be running around crying “victims” “victims”

    • j

      I had suppressed memories of being victimized three times by family members. Those memories surfaced during counseling of which, probably like most men, I have kept to myself out of pride.

      I realized during this “awakening” that these actions against me were actual crimes committed against me for which there was no redress at the time because I probably felt that I would be held to blame for allowing it to happen, which was how justice was meted out in my generation in an ultimate quest for simplification and in accordance with “shoot the messenger” behaviors, or not wanting to see my perpetrators punished because it would be “worse” that what happened to me.

      I carry this today and have to live with these same family members and keep silence to preserve the family “integrity” and avoid new upheaval.

      Despite this status quo, I am considering seeking a new round of counseling to help me live out my remaining days but fear venturing into this uncharted territory because it will add yet another layer to my apparent life sentence.

      I know many people on the registry probably share similar experiences and my heart goes out to all affected victims.

      • AO

        Well said. I also experienced abuse as a kid. It wasn’t sexual abuse but verbal and violent at the hands of my alcohol stepfather. Many of the things he did then and things that reverberated years later (my stronger memory is not of the abuse I suffered but years later my little brother crying his eyes out when the court ordered unsupervised visitations with my step-father) are still with me today nearly 30 years after he was escorted by the police out of our home.

        Surviving something doesn’t make you any less of a victim. Sometimes you’re able to build a life and have the past events simply be part of your history. And sometimes past events continue to effect your life decades down the road whether or not you realize that they do. I honestly don’t know if I would have been in the situation I’m in now had it not been for the abuse I suffered so many years ago.

      • Harry

        Sadly, most of these counselors, bring these memories to the surface for so purpose of making money and keep them as victims for the same purpose. There are very few that want their clients to be healed.

        • j

          generalities might be assumed but my belief is there are so many different aggregate factors that converge in each separate case, the rationale exists to treat each patient uniquely to what extent possible within a particular framework.

          i can’t speak for the commercialization and rubber stamping or cookie cutter approach that my go on today, but my counselor was deeply committed to healing and dignity that i can say i got the best specific, compassionate and caring treatment with absolutely no shame or punishment layered on for good measure.

          i’m sure everyone has a bunch of different experiences but I can say the team was there to provide healing for me which allowed me to extend compassion to all those affected by my actions. it was not easy as i was trying to get back on my feet but thanks to a good support network, a job that was held open for me, and my family standing in my corner, not in defense of my actions, but to provide a healing environment, that all made the difference. i can’t honestly say how it would have turned out without these resources, but i was much the better for the unconditional help i received. that is saying a lot with the repugnance at which the average people have for this entire subject matter.

          good luck to all in whatever stage one may find themselves in and with what resources they have, or don’t have available.

    • Harry

      “… word “victim” needs to be changed to “Survived”…” Actually “overcomer” is better as it well allow the victim have control of their lives again. Surviving is a floating boat where as overcoming allows power to move on.

    • Tim Moore

      I felt abused by a sad alcoholic and one over sexed teen, and I used it as a way to explain my behavior. I had no proof other than it took some of the guilt off of me. Now I look back and just feel sorry for the persons. In order for me to feel free, I have to take blame for my own acts. Nonetheless, I don’t take blame for the government’s responses to my acts. There is only so much I can mitigate for. I can control what I do now, not what others, past or present have done or do.

  16. Harry

    Parents and caregivers are the most dangerous to these kids. Case in point, There is a child day care on my best route to my jobsite, I now avoid the route because, I have seen mothers parked on both side on this narrow street with all the doors open with little pups running around in the street with their backs to them. it will not surprise me to hear that some kid will be killed there.

  17. mike r

    Let me make sure I am perfectly clear about this as we know how attorneys are when it comes to clarity.
    How can P.C. 3003.5 subsection (c) apply to everyone (as stated by Janice) if subsection (b) does not? I understand they watered it down to just notification but that is irrelevant to my question.

    (b) Notwithstanding any other law, it is unlawful for a person for whom registration is required pursuant to Section 290 to reside within 2,000 feet of any a public or private school, or park where children regularly gather.

    (c) Notwithstanding any other law, it is unlawful for a person for whom registration is required pursuant to Section 290 to reside within 1,000 feet of a day care center or family day care home, as defined in Sections 1596.76 and 1596.78 of the Health and Safety Code, respectively, if one or more of the victims of the crimes for which the person is required to register was 14 years of age or younger at the time the crime was committed.


    • Janice Bellucci7

      @Mike – The original bill attempted to apply its prohibition to registrants on parole as well as those not on parole. If the final law does the same we will challenge it in court. We have recently succeeded in both state and federal court obtaining decisions that all of Jessica’s Law is limited to registrants on parole. We are currently arguing that Jessica’s Law violates the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution in both courts.

      • AO

        @Janice, Thank you very much for the clarification and your continues effort in all of this! What you said makes sense, especially considering that this whole thing was supposedly triggered by an RC who’s crime was over 25 years ago and long since off paper. Even more troubling was that he wasn’t even guilty of doing anything to trigger this other than simply living his life like everyone else.

      • j

        is there any way to appeal the approval of the ps committee? or request that the clause be reviewed?
        specifically with the green light to local jurisdictions for continuing to have custom punishment plans for “their own ” registrants and their families for who they seem to have the insatiable desire to disrupt and destabilize?

        my resources are limited but i will try to send something in to help offset the time spent over this inquiry or is it just better to deal the the issue at the next juncture.

        thanks for trying to make sense out of my question.

  18. mike r

    Understood, so this is going to bring this issue to a head. We need a high court to make a decision on Jessica’s law to put any confusion to rest. I will be reinserting this in my case. Thank you for your response, I extremely appreciate it.

  19. mike r

    So I guess I need to supplement my RFA with the question as well as figure out how to reinsert that claim in my suit. Anyone knows how to do that I am all ears as I am swamped with school…..

  20. mike r

    So can you use what the AG stated in my case???

    “Plaintiff has failed to state a claim that the residency restrictions in Jessica’s Law, as applied to him, would violate the Ex Post Facto Clause. This is simply because Jessica’s Law does not apply to him at all. Jessica’s Law applies only to sex offenders who are currently on parole. People v. Lynch, 2 Cal.App.5th 524, 527 (2016); see also Jensen v. Hernandez, 86419 P.Supp.2d 869 (ED. C211. 2012); Penal Code § 3003.5(b). Plaintiff expressly alleges in the complaint that he has already completed his parole term. 21 Compl. At 13. Any declaratory relief or injunction prohibiting application of the law would be moot and is therefore not proper. See ACLU ofNev. v. Masto, 670 F.3d 1046, 1061-62 (case 23 rendered moot and court lacked jurisdiction where Nevada admitted that it did not intend to attempt to enforce sex offender residency statute retroactively). As a result, Plaintiff has failed to state a claim challenging Jessica’s Law’s application to him under the Ex Post Facto Clause.”

  21. Jack

    @ Janice, do you know that this bill doesn’t apply to people on parole as currently written? If you do could you please explain how?

    • mike r

      Jack, she did explain above. It squarely falls under the parole penal code just as the residency restrictions but the entire P.C. section 3003.5 has never been decided any high court to apply only to parolees so you know the a*(*(*(hole legislators are going to run with it just like they are going to with the residency restrictions if this stands to apply to all. Janice has started the ball rolling but was unfortunately, as far as I know, only challenging the residency of local municipalities claiming state law trumps local. The lame a^&$$^ civil servants in those municipalities fell for that once but I guarantee you they will start reinstating those restrictions the minute they try to apply this section to all like she is saying they stated they will. It will be game on all over again and until it goes all the way thru the courts up to the CA SC or SCOTUS, unless there is an injunction preventing it. And although this section seems obviously unambiguous as applying only to parolees it is far from settle. The Taylor court straight stated that they were not addressing whether Jessica’s Law applied to those not on parole so this issue is far from over. I am reinstating my claim against Jessica’s :aw as applied to me, a non-parolee, as soon as I get a chance to find out how I go about doing I just have a major exam Monday that is taking all my time. I have been at studying almost constantly every since I started this class and I am really having to cram for that exam on Monday. Physics is no joke. Take my word on this, If they pull off applying p.c. 3003.5 (c) to everyone then sections (b) and (d) is on………I’ll bet my left you know what on that….Scary again mass confusion…………

  22. mike r

    I have no idea if the statement by the CA AG in my case stating Jessica’s Law only applies to parolees holds water. I am not sure if Janice will answer that question or if she even knows. I hope if she does have an opinion on that she will voice it on here.
    Either way I am reinstating my claim against it in my case regardless…At least I am going to give it my best shot to get it back in my complaint…I want an answer from a high court, or any court for that matter just to begin with until it gets to CA SC or SCOTUS………..This unanswered question needs to be put to rest once and for all…………..

  23. Mike G

    I apologize to all you intelligent posters that do research, and know so much about the law, but I am confused.

    Are we saying that Jessica’s law, completely and entirely, only applies to those on parole, or is it only the residency restrictions portion of Jessica’s law that only applies to parolees?

    Does anyone have a link to where I can see the details and requirements of Jessica’s law, so I can determine what applies to me and what might not?

    Thanks in advance!

  24. Janice Bellucci

    As stated above, there are two recent court decisions which limit Jessica’s Law to registrants while on parole. The state case (in Norwalk Superior Court) is a challenge to residency restrictions in the City of Maywood and that decision was made on May 31. The case name is Weiss v. City of Maywood and the case number is VC066407. We will add a copy of this court’s decision to the article above. The federal case (in U.S. District Court, Central District, CA) was a challenge to residency restrictions in the City of Adelanto and that decision was made on Dec. 18, 2017. The name of the case is Doe v. City of Adelanto and the case number is 5:16-cv-02535. We will also add a copy of this court’s decision to the article above. Look for a blue link.

    • Mike G

      Thank you Janice! Really appreciate all the good work you are doing!

  25. mike r

    Well the issue was won on summary judgement so it is pretty plain that according to at least the federal court it is so obviously preempted by state law that summary judgement was proper. Nice use of judicial notice btw. Well if state law preempts residency restriction then the notification is obviously preempted by state law and only applies to parolees as well and I do not know why that was not brought up during hearings. There is nothing set in stone since it was only a lower court decision. I am not going to worry about it much I have to much going on right now and will address it when I get a chance

  26. mike r

    I would like to see the RFAs served in that federal case though. I also I find it interesting that the court took judicial notice of the city counsel hearing. I guess it is a indisputable adjudacative fact that the members stated what they stated though.

  27. Tim Moore

    This legislative process is getting more ridiculous. It doesn’t even take a single tragic isolated crime like the Poway teen rape murder to bring them in to write new sex offense laws that affect all former offenders. Now all it takes is a scared parent with an over active imagination, fueled by late night viewings of SCI, phoning a legislator, and the legislators spending all this time to come up with a law, that even if the crime was likely, the solution would be ineffective. Wow.

  28. Anonymous Nobody

    BTW, re 290.03, which states, “The Legislature finds and declares that a comprehensive system of risk assessment, supervision, monitoring and containment for registered sex offenders residing in California communities is necessary to enhance public safety and reduce the risk of recidivism posed by these offenders…”

    The writers of that section made a major mistake, if they wanted to continue to obfuscate on whether 290 is punishment. They gave us the ability to challenge retroactivity.

    Containment is as within prison walls, but not even that, it is as in the lack of ability to exercise your freedom, which is what the prison walls do, and that could pretty well free everyone from registration as no one has been “sentenced” to registration to this date. Until that error of that word in there, the state had contended registrants’ freedom was NOT contained — that is what the argument on the point was about, although not using the word “containment” but saying the same thing — so it was not punishment. That is what they were arguing about, whether you were contained from exercising your full freedom.

    The court ruled that going in shortly once a year to register was not sufficient to be a restriction your freedom. However, when the state now has the law itself saying that its purpose is to “contain” registrants, they made the huge mistake of tipping their hand, pulled the rug out from under their previous denials, and now they can no longer argue the law is not punishment — since that word “containment” was added, the previous rulings on punishment are moot. If it is intended to contain our freedom, that has a long history of court rulings saying that is punishment, can even be sufficient to bring a habeas corpus action since that containment is a matter of holding you. Gee, that was even the specific point of a ruling on a habeas corpus challenge to registration about 30 years ago!

    When they screwed up and included that word “containment,” they stated the intent and purpose, and they proved our arguments of this being punishment. And as punishment it cannot be applied retroactively. And since no one has been “sentenced” to registration, no one registering now would have to register.

    But I don’t know why I waste my fingers typing these challenges here, no one here listens, this group is too meek to actually go after the foundation of registration. We all know the entire concept of registration is corrupt, but we refuse to go after it. I don’t even get the impression this group so much as knows how things have progressed over the decades, or understand how much that tier plan got the prosecutors everything they have been trying to get for decades but were blocked, such as increasing the registration time for three misdemeanors from 7 years to at least 10 years, and how this idiotic group cheered on giving them exactly that! This group shows little understanding of what is going on, it appears to lack any sort of comprehensive overview, so it doesn’t even understand the strategies we are up against, it misses the details at every turn. And as such, we just keep getting more and more bills to make registration ever worse.

    Also, all is now lost in the courts at the federal level. Nothing far reaching we want will ever get through SCOTUS, we might as well forget any court action on that stuff. The only possibility is legislative. That is not possible at the moment at the federal level, but that is the only thing we can work on, and the political action there now can’t be overlooked just because of certain failure for now — legislators need to hear this arguments over and over for years, it needs to be made part of the conversation, before they finally come around.

    It will now take longer than the rest of our lives to change SCOTUS to our benefit, but politics is flexible. But this group is not run by political pros, clearly does not understand that (as in when I warned that we would get only one chance at tiers, there will be no tinkering after that or advance from it, so we have to get it right, and we have to fight hard to get it changed to be right — but we didn’t, we cheerleaded instead, we showed no clue that that was it, now or never, we were co-opted by political pros from the prosecutors, we sided with them as if they were our friends. And we blew it, PRESUMING we could tinker later to make it right — and expressing dismay and surprise that we were told NO, in no uncertain terms.

    Again, no one would listen. All we got was denials of what that tier plan does. Gee, under that tier plan, someone convicted of misdemeanor indecent exposure say 35 years ago will have to register for life if they have moved out of California without first registering here for at least 10 years — you cannot even apply without showing 10 years of registration IN CALIFORNIA, in fact I think it requires CURRENT registration in California.

    And registration for ANY misdemeanor is not acceptable, 10 years is not bearable for a misdemeanor, 10 years is life destructive, completely undermines your entire lifetime career trajectory and life trajectory — even this group is passing off 10 years as if it is nothing. 10 years for a low level felony is not acceptable, it completely undermines your lifetime career and life trajectory. Five years is the standard mark for rehabilitation, even for major felonies, so how can 10 years be a minimum for registration!? Of course, we cheerleaded a tier proposal making the standard 30 years of clean record for old offenses to be eliminated without having to go through the entire process (but still open to challenge, not AUTOMATIC), not 10 years. So why do I even bother typing anything here.

  29. matthew

    The new changes have been posted on this bill. It talks about NEW RESIDENCE within 1,000 feet of the facility.

    SECTION 1. Section 3003.7 is added to the Penal Code, to read:
    3003.7. A law enforcement agency shall notify a child day care facility, as defined in Section 1596.750 of the Health and Safety Code, when a person for whom registration with that law enforcement agency is required pursuant to Section 290 registers a new residence within 1,000 feet of the facility, if one or more of the victims of the crimes for which the person is required to register was 14 years of age or younger at the time the crime was committed. Law enforcement shall only notify facilities of persons as to whom information may be available to the public pursuant to the Internet Web site as provided in Section 290.46.
    SEC. 2. If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

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