CA: Sex offenders can’t live near Fresno schools. This lawsuit says that’s unconstitutional UPDATED

UPDATE:Janice Bellucci was asked this morning to participate today (Wednesday, 1/22) in a live radio interview on a radio station in Fresno, the Broeske & Musson Show, on KMJ. which can be found online or at 580 AM. The show will begin right after the 10 a.m. news and could continue until 11 a.m. Please call in if you can. (See comment below)

Fresno County’s policy that keeps sex offenders from living within 3,000 feet of places like parks and schools is unconstitutional, according to an attorney suing the county who has been successful at getting repeals in dozens of similar cases.

Fresno County joins 40 cities and localities that have faced litigation, many of which have repealed their restrictions on housing for offenders, according to attorney Janice Bellucci. Full Article

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3,000 feet!!! That’s insane!
Hey, why not “101st kilometre”, Fresno County??? Let your true commie red colors show!

Go get ’em, Janice! God speed!!!

I was asked this morning to participate in a live radio interview this morning on a radio station in Fresno, the Broeske & Musson Show, on KMJ. which can be found online or on the radio at 580 AM. The show will begin right after the 10 a.m. news and could continue until 11 a.m. Please call in if you can. The subject of the interview is our pending lawsuit challenging residency restrictions in Fresno County which prohibit all registrants from living within 3,000 feet of schools and parks. This includes even temporary stays at local hotels and motels. The county residency restrictions are 50 worse than Jessica’s Law which “only” restricted registrants from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. And the CA Supreme Court declared in March 2015 that CDCR could not use a “blanket restriction” against all registrants but instead had to make a case-by-case determination based upon each individual registrant.

Wish there was more focus on re-offense rate, how charges weren’t against children, length of time no one reoffender, talk about other crimes and how someone could live next to a murderer, gang members etc on their side
Great job Janice!

Way to go Janice!
Listened to your KMJ interview this morning. It sounded like Broeske and Musson absorbed some new information which may cause them to ponder … their listeners too! I hope! So glad you took the opportunity to present that amazing recidivism statistic. I’m betting that very few of the listening audience (except those of us who know a 290) have ever heard this statistic. Thank you.!!
Choose joy!

I listened to the show and tried – unsuccessfully – to call in. Great show. The hosts did a good job of being balanced. There are so many facets to this issue – more than can be discussed in such a short show. One point that I argue (that plays well in rural counties) is that it forces registrants to move to rural areas.

Good article too. Wish there was a recording of the interview to listen too….

I also love the question posed at the top of the article in reference to different cases … “Deandre JeanPierre, a former TimeOut mascot at Fresno State, will have to register as a sex offender for life after being convicted of groping. However, two teachers who had unlawful sex with a student will not have to register for life. BY MCCLATCHY” then the video still says “California sex offender registry: is there an unfair standard?”

YES!!!!! The whole registry is unfair and should be done away with based on that presentation alone!

I am in Fresno and I would like to be part of this lawsuit
Have someone contact me

When did this 3000 ft rule take affect?

Great interview, Janice. Thank you for standing up and speaking up!!

I would like to comment that I believe a fundamental part of all our public comments and argumentation is to make clear that the registry is primarily populated by people NO LONGER UNDER COURT SUPERVISION. Most people believe registration equals supervision. When they hear that people (even if they offended against a minor) have, for example, been off court supervision and paid their debt required by a court of law, the registry STILL continues for life… because the USSC ruled it wasn’t punishment, a clear miscarriage of justice based upon the MYTH of high reoffense rates.

And the MYTH of high reoffense rates is only a myth when believed unwittingly. Once you know that reoffense rates are very low but you continue to decry the great danger of former offenders, the MYTH BECOMES A LIE. Knowingly repeating a myth is a lie, and we need to confront those who continue to scare people with lies about high recidivism. Thank you for doing that for all of us today.

Who wants to live in the armpit of California anyways

I had to go back and listen to this a few times to make sure I was hearing these fools correctly, and i was.
Unbelievable, and one’s an attorney? At least the Democrat talked some sense.

“A Sacramento attorney is suing Fresno County over a law upheld by the state supreme court that regulates where registered sex offenders can live. The attorney claims the law is unconstitutional. The Sunday Morning Matters panel with KSEE24 political analyst Jim Verros, The president of the Fresno city and county republican women federated Diane Pearce and prominent California attorney David Rowell weigh in.”

I’ve live in Fresno and I actually live and work right next to school for about 5 years but never asked to leave… umm but cool.