Did California Suppress Research on Sexually Violent Predators?

Q: What is a Sexually Violent Predator?A: A person unlikely to commit another sex crime.State laws that allow sexually violent predators to be locked up even after they have served their sentences are based on questionable assumptions that they continue to pose a danger to society, according to a study published in the American Criminal Law Review. The […]

CA: Federal Court Limits Residency Restrictions to Parolees

From ACSOL, word of a positive decision from a Federal Court in California:A federal district court ruled on Dec. 22 that residency restrictions adopted by cities and counties may only be applied to registrants while on parole.  “This is a significant victory for registrants and their families,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  “The Court’s decision dramatically reduces the […]

California will soon end lifetime registration for some sex offenders

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will allow some people to petition to come off the state’s bloated sex offender registry.The new law signed by the governor creates a tiered registry, with high-risk offenders on the registry for life and others able to petition to be removed after either 10 […]

Changes in the works for California SOR

Major changes could be in store for California’s sex offender registry under a bill in that state’s legislature, which has support of a wide range of organizations, including law enforcement and victims groups, as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle.California currently has lifetime registration, with more than 100,000 people on the list.SB421 by state Sen. […]

Do Sex Offender Registries Make Us Safer?

A reporter for a California television station asks whether sex offender registries actually protect the public.While covering a rally where sex offenders were protesting the International Megan’s Law, I got a chance to talk to some registered citizens, as they prefer to be addressed. They shared some details about what life looks like when your […]

Report highlights flawed logic of residency restrictions

We know that residency restriction are not make communities safer, and in fact do more harm than good. That point is made abundantly clear in a report from the California Sex Offender Management Board.CASOMB was responding to a bill that would have authorized California towns and cities to implement such restrictions after they were struck […]