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California Sex Offender Management Board recommends changes

It may seem obvious to say this but no two people are the same. We hear this saying refers to everything from why a marriage falls apart to why one sports player performs better than the other. But while this is accepted by nearly everyone when it comes to subjects such as this, it is not always accepted when dealing with criminal activities such sex crimes.

But why not? This was the question recently asked by the California Sex Offender Management Board, which oversees our state’s sex offender registration laws. If you did not know, our state is only one of a few that requires all convicted sex offenders -- no matter the type of offense -- to register as an offender for life. Established in 1947, the registry was supposed to help law enforcement warn the public about potential safety risks and to find repeat offenders. But the board says the registry is not doing what it set out to achieve.

In a recommendation to the state legislature, the board points out that with a growing list of nearly 100,000 offenders, the public is no longer able to distinguish between those who are possible risks to public safety and those who are not. The board points out that even making “obscene or harassing phone calls to children” can get you listed for life.

Because not every crime is the same, the board believes that not every sex crime should be treated the same way. The board also points out that of the solved sex crimes cases, about 95 were committed by people not listed on the registry. If the list was designed to find repeat offenders, then this data proves it isn’t doing its job.

The board suggests instead that the state remove low- or no-risk offenders from the list and move toward a tiered system. The system would gauge the amount of time a person appeared on the registry based on the type of crime committed and a person’s risk of reoffending. Even though similar pushes for legislation changes have been unsuccessful in the past, the hope is that this recommendation will appease both those in the community as well as those on the registry list.

Source: SF Gate, “Board wants to remove low-risk sex offenders from registry,” Melody Gutierrez, May 25, 2014

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