It seems that whenever a bill is proposed that would crack down on sex crimes against kids, state legislators line up to support it. The latest is “Chelsea’s Law,” named for 17-year-old San Diego County resident Chelsea King. She was raped and murdered by a registered sex offender who had already served six years for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old neighbor girl a decade ago.
It’s understandably difficult to be against anything that would keep attackers of children away from the rest of society. However, these “get tough on predators” bills are often not as black and white as they first appear, and can come with their own sets of complications.
Wednesday on AirTalk, we’ll talk about which sex offenders would be subject to “Chelsea’s” mandatory life sentence. I’ll also ask listeners what their suggestions are for protecting kids from assault.