San Diego County residents are fighting the supervised release of Douglas Badger, a 78-year-old registrant designated as a sexually violent predator, to a community in that county. A judge previously granted Mr. Badger’s release from Coalinga State Hospital provided that he is able to find housing.
“ACSOL requests that members of the registrant community state their support for the release of Mr. Badger to San Diego County,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The deadline for doing so is April 9.”
San Diego County will conduct a public meeting on April 20 to discuss this matter. Prior to the meeting and no later than April 9, provide comments to the county’s SAFE Task Force by phone, email and U.S. mail.
For phone comments, call (858) 495-3619.
For email comments, send to firstname.lastname@example.org
For U.S. mail send letters to SAFE Task Force, 9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, CA 92123.
According to media reports, Mr. Badger was convicted of a sex offense and sentenced in 1991. The sole offense for which he was convicted is Penal Code Section 288a(d), oral copulation in concert. Instead of being released from prison, Mr. Badger was sent to civil commitment in 1997. Immediately upon his release, Mr. Badger registrant will be under surveillance 24 hours a day seven days a week. Surveillance includes, but is not limited, to wearing a GPS device, drug testing, polygraph exams and in-person meetings. If the registrant fails to follow treatment guidelines, he will be returned to Coalinga State Hospital.
Following are talking points for your comments:
- Mr. Badger was convicted of a single offense about 30 years ago.
- Mr. Badger is currently 78 years old and according to experts is unlikely to commit a new sex offense based solely upon his age.
- Mr. Badger will be under surveillance for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which is greater supervision than parole or probation.
- Mr. Badger will be required to undergo drug tests and polygraph exams.
- A superior court judge has agreed to Mr. Badger’s release from civil commitment.
- Individuals who are civilly committed must be deemed as “stable” by the Department of State Hospitals in order to be released.
- The residence to which Mr. Badger could be released is more than 2,000 feet from schools or parks.
Thank you for taking action by April 9
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