Patt Morrison for February 2, 2010

Jessica’s Law upheld, sex offenders rights will be few & far between

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Jessica’s Law

It’s been a complaint about Proposition 83, both of sex offenders and the law enforcement personnel tasked with tracking them, since the initiative that curtails the rights of sexual crime parolees was passed in 2006. The restrictions on sex offenders are so onerous that it essentially leaves them with no place to go—they can’t live near schools or parks and must stay constantly registered with the state. A group of four parolees sued the state, arguing that Prop. 83 was unconstitutional, and yesterday the California Supreme Court ruled that it was indeed constitutional to so severely limit the rights of sex offenders. Where can sex offenders go and can police agencies accurately keep track of them?

Guests:

Ernest Galvan, lawyer for the four registered sex offenders and partner at Rosen, Bien & Galvan, LLP

Wes Maram, forensic & clinical psychologist and chair of the California Coalition on Sexual Offending

Gordon Hinkle, press secretary for the CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation


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