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CA: Gov. Brown signs Wilk’s sex offender bill into law

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1199 into law Monday evening, an attempt to correct the way Jessica’s Law led to a disproportionate number of sexual offenders being released to rural areas.
The bill’s author, Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, said the bill addresses an unintended consequence, which created a burdensome and unfair situation in several parts of the 21st Senate District, which he represents, as well as rural communities throughout the state. Full Article

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I’m less interested about this bill and a whole lot more interested about SB 1036. How do they reconcile the this bill with the SO registry releasing all this information? “SB 1036 would “prohibit the … personal information, as defined, of a pupil or of the parent or guardian of a pupil in the minutes of a meeting of the governing body … if a pupil who is 18 years of age or older or a parent or guardian of a pupil has provided a written request to the secretary or clerk of the governing body to exclude his or… Read more »

Yeah this cannot really be used for anything though. It is not something a court would make a connection with, but it does demonstrate that personal information is private and I believe that your current address, current photo, current vehicle, scars, tattoos, etc. are protected liberty interest. The SO bill is stupid also, doesn’t even address the residency restrictions for parolees. I think they are going to run onto a problem when they try and place one of these offenders in the city of origin and find that there is no where that is compliant with Jessica’s Law. Stupid, once… Read more »

The article doesn’t really say what the bill does. Does it abolish the 2000 ft rule in urban areas? That would be great and a step in the direction of a civilized society moving away from the witch hunt.

So they want to keep out a group of convicted people that has about the lowest rate of re-offense of any, but who cares if there are plain old habitual deadly weapon assaulters, wife beaters, robbers or dui’s living among us?

Just looked up the text of the bill 1199. It says that when the SO is released from custody. every effort reasonable will be made to release them to the city they were last living in before incarceration. So this is good, it should put pressure on any existing residency restrictions to be abolished because they just make it difficult for an SO to assimilate. Once again Governor brown is throwing us a bone and moving towards eliminating the horridly oppressive registry.

Well, this is familiar in a way. “5) The unauthorized release or receipt of the information described in this subdivision is a violation of Section 11143.” But check this out: § 11142 Any person authorized by law to receive a record or information obtained from a record who knowingly furnishes the record or information to a person who is not authorized by law to receive the record or information is guilty of a misdemeanor. Does this mean city-data.com is guilty of a misdemeanor due to furnishing the record to us since we are forbidden that fruit? Also interesting: § 11143… Read more »

You make a relevant point, although I suspect the prohibition on registrants using the registry is symbolic. I can’t find any indication any registrant has ever been prosecuted for accessing the Megan’s Law website. Also from personal experience, in January of this year I was on the phone with a Megan’s Law office clerk named Anna and I started asking her about my status as “zip code only” on the website and she simply responded that I “shouldn’t be looking at that website.” I nonetheless continued to describe my information on the site. Nothing came of it. They don’t care.… Read more »

@ Sunny There was at least one arrest for accessing the California Megan’s Law website. An RC was looking for a date. No kidding. I guess someone reported him because they didn’t like his advances or flirting. I think Janice mentioned she plans to take up this ban at some point and said it interferes with legal research due to being unable to check the accuracy of the list as applied to the individual. But symbolic or not, the letter of the law is the letter of the law. Could this be a way to shutdown the vultures of Megan’s… Read more »

I think it could come up when petitioning to get off the California registry with the new tiered system as a reason to deny you.

I can’t see any legitimate reason that a person could not look at any $EX Offender Registry simply because the person is listed on an $OR. It’s not legitimate. Any government that supports that needs to be sued. Any person who supports that is a stunning idiot and a disgusting “person”. Pretty clear cut.

Great article! You should be more concerned about the new law the governor signed (the bail law). It’s rather disturbing. If you now get arrested for a minor offense or misdemeanor in Ca, you will probably be released. If you get arrested for a Felony or sex crime, you can’t get out! Bail no longer exists! It’s up to a Judge to determine if you can be released or not! In my view, this might tempt DA’s to overcharge as a bargain chip etc. In my view, it’s scary! Also, it will basically abolish bail companies!

All that bill does is give more power to this state’s fascist parole board. If you’ve got a 288 on your record they say they won’t let you live within 35 miles of the victim. Sounds like a holocaust to me.

Is this a positive or a negative? I’m not sure. Negative thought – Most likely Santa Clarita is trying to keep registrants out of there backyard since Santa Clarita most likely has more open space (than the cities south of them) where registrants or family of registrants can purchase homes, land to live. Positive – This will help put pressure on all those cities south of Santa Clarita to work on lessening restrictions since they will perhaps be required to allow those listed to have a home…hopefully.

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