Chelsea’s Law is named after 17-year-old Chelsea King of Poway, who was raped and murdered while jogging in Rancho Bernardo Park last February. John Gardner, a registered sex offender, confessed to the crime. The law, introduced by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego), will increase prison time for violent sex offenders and will lead to more monitoring of convicts by GPS devices. Originally the bill was stronger, but it underwent modifications during the legislative process. Either way, the Governor has vowed to sign it into law. But does law enforcement have the additional resources needed to enforce Chelsea’s Law? And how many people will it really impact?
Sheldon Zhang, Department Chair, Sociology, at San Diego State University