AP Reports on Failure of Grandstanding California Politicians’ Sex-Offender Laws

A story from The Associated Press: All of the grandstanding “bash-the-sex-offender” laws promoted by vote-hungry politicians in California just do not work, according to the state’s own corrections department inspector general. And the California Sex Offender Management Board, made up of law enforcement and treatment professionals, says that only high-risk offenders, such as kidnappers andContinue reading “AP Reports on Failure of Grandstanding California Politicians’ Sex-Offender Laws”

‘Bash the Sex Offender’ Loses Value as Vote Producer

Thanks to the registered citizen/voters who went to the polls yesterday. Some post-election observations: GOP Rep. Lee Terry’s slimy ad regarding former offenders and Democrat Brad Ashford did not work. Terry lost the 2nd-District congressional race. U.S. Representative-elect Ashford, as the state Legislature’s Judiciary Committee Chair, insisted upon using FACTS, not myth and lies, whenContinue reading “‘Bash the Sex Offender’ Loses Value as Vote Producer”

Politicians and News Media in Toxic Hookup: Legislation by Anecdote

We see it again and again, yet we do not learn: The news media, hungry for market share, deliver a toxic dose of fear every day. Politicians, hungry for votes, use your fear to promulgate ever harsher laws. Few notice that the laws are based on emotional hype, not facts. And prisons bulge with peopleContinue reading “Politicians and News Media in Toxic Hookup: Legislation by Anecdote”