California Sex Offender Laws Influenced by Emotion, Not Facts

By: Wallin & Klarich

Sex Offender Laws are Based on Emotion Rather Than Facts, And That Is Why You Need A Criminal Defense Attorney

In 2008, the State of California spent $22 million to house sex offenders on parole who must abide by Jessica’s Law or Proposition 83. The proposition, which passed a little over two years ago, requires those convicted of sex crimes in California from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks, and other places where children often are present.

The enforcement of this law has “driven many parolees into homelessness,” which has increased dramatically since the passing of Prop 83. Since Proposition 83 was passed in 2006, according to state correction officials, the number of homeless sex offenders on parole has been multiplied by 12 , which has only exasperated the parolees’ “isolation from society, and thus causes many parolees to re-offend.”

Moreover, the passing of this law has shown to be completely ineffective, and according to the Los Angeles Daily Journal they have never shown to have any sort of effect on reducing the risk of sex offenders re-offending while or after on parole. In regards to this law and California sex offender registration, Jeanne Woodward, a former state corrections secretary under Governor Schwarzenegger criticized the law said, “There is little utility in registration requirements and other laws the public has supported to keep track of them. The bottom line is that this is really what happens when we allow our emotions to get the best of us, as opposed to dealing with facts.”

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