The Senate Public Safety Committee will consider Assembly Bill 514 during a hearing on June 26. If passed, the bill would prohibit some people convicted of a sex offense involving a minor age from living within 1,000 feet from a day care center or a family day care home. The bill is the result of significant changes to a previous bill focused on medical waste that was introduced by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, a Democrat from Bakersfield.
“This bill would not achieve its stated purpose of increasing public safety,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Instead, the bill would reduce public safety by significantly increasing the number of homeless registrants.”
The bill is also inconsistent with the findings of both the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) and academic research. CASOMB concluded in a recent report that restricting where a registrant may live is “likely to have the unintended effect of increasing the likelihood of sexual re-offense.” A recent report issued by Dr. Jill S. Levenson determined that limitations on where a registrant may live often hinder that person’s ability to successfully reintegrate into society.
“We urge registrants, their loved ones and others who support them to call the Senate Public Safety Committee to voice their opposition to this unfortunate bill as soon as possible,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein. The Committee can be reached by phone at (916) 651-4118.
The Senate Public Safety Committee hearing on June 26 is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in Room 3191 of the State Capitol.