California To Allow Thousands Of Sex Offenders To ‘Opt-Out’ Of Register

California to allow sex offenders to opt out of sex offenders register

Thousands of rapists, pedophiles and  sex offenders will be offered the chance to “opt out” of the sex offenders register, thanks to new legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. 

Brown signed legislation that, from Jan.1, will mean certain sex offenders can ask to be removed from the register so as not to damage their reputation.

Latimes.com reports: The measure was introduced at the request of Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and other law enforcement officials who said the registry, which has grown to more than 105,000 names, is less useful to detectives investigating new sex crimes because it is so bulky.

“California’s sex offender registry is broken, which undermines public safety,”  said Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who introduced the bill. “SB 384 refocuses the sex offender registry on high-risk offenders and treats low-level offenders more fairly.”

The registry currently requires law enforcement officials to spend hours on paperwork for annual evaluations of every offender, including those who are low risk and have not committed a crime for decades, Wiener said.

Brown declined to comment Friday, but his office referred to a statement put out last month.

“SB 384 proposes thoughtful and balanced reforms that allow prosecutors and law enforcement to focus their resources on tracking sex offenders who pose a real risk to public safety, rather than burying officers in paperwork that has little public benefit,” said Ali Bay, a spokeswoman for the governor, last month.

The measure was opposed by many Republican lawmakers and Erin Runnion, who in 2002 founded the Joyful Child Foundation, an Orange County advocacy group for victims, after the abduction, molestation and murder of her 5-year-old daughter, Samantha.

Runnion said parents should be able to check a comprehensive registry to see if a potential teacher, youth league coach or babysitter for their children has ever been convicted of a sex crime.

California is one of only four states that require lifetime registration of sex offenders. The others are Alabama, South Carolina and Florida.

The new law signed by the governor creates a tiered registry, with high-risk offenders on the registry for life and others able to petition to be removed after either 10 or 20 years without re-offending, depending on the offense.

Offenses for which registrants can be removed from the list after 20 years include include rape by deception and lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14.

Offenders who petition for removal after 10 or 20 years will be assessed by a judge — with input from the local district attorney — who can grant or deny the petition.

The registry can be checked by members of the public, including people doing background checks on potential hires or tenants.

Wiener and gay rights activists said it is unfair that the registry includes the names of people caught having consensual sex parks decades ago, when law enforcement often targeted gay men for enforcement.

  • Frank C

    Ever heard of a “COMPUTER”?

  • solejahway

    I was already thinking nambla was behind this. Then, I finished the article, and saw, felt, my gut was right.

    • Cheryl Bray

      I’m not disagreeing with you, but I’m not seeing NAMBLA on this… could you point it out to me please?

      • solejahway

        Last paragraph. Yes, I “read,” into it and still, stand by my original statement.

        • Cheryl Bray

          Not a supporter of NAMBLA by any means, but I’ve always found it dangerous to “read into” these biased articles that pass for news nowadays. Just sayin’

          • solejahway

            you’re right, to a degree. It most likely isn’t just nambla. We should include men who love little girls too (IDK their organization). However, always read inbetween the lines. Always. Lastly, I’ve learned more than I’ve wanted about the way “it,” aka The System works, from experience, and know, “they,” do not do anything that isn’t for their benefit. It’s never about us, or most certainly, the children. Children are only political propaganda memes for them. Therefor, I HIGHLY doubt that this is being enacted for the poor teens popped for sexting each other, or for the 17 yr old popped for sexing his 15 yr old gf, for like I said, EVERYTHING that is done, is done for their benefit (The Establishment), not ours. Godbless.

          • Cheryl Bray

            At the very least we can agree that children need to be protected. On that point we are in total agreement. God Bless to you as well.

  • Carolyn L’Hommedieu

    so awful … we have to protect the children . what the hell is wrong with the people who make these laws …

  • bubba2001

    Does anyone still think that Brown is *NOT* mentally ill?

    • Diane Mcvey

      He is getting weider every dsy

  • bubba2001

    “California, the reetard state.”

  • Diane Mcvey

    California is becoming more of a cesspool every day