Sex of­fender reg­is­tra­tion

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “They’re not all preda­tors,” Ed­i­to­rial, March 29

It’s time to ap­ply logic to the reg­istry of those con­victed of sex of­fenses.

In 2013, then-As­sem­bly­man Tom Am­mi­ano (D-San Fran­cisco) in­tro­duced AB 702, which would de­fine a three-tiered sex of­fender reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem, end­ing a life­time sen­tence for reg­is­trants who do not pose cur­rent harm to so­ci­ety.

It was es­ti­mated that the reg­istry would in­crease public safety and save about $115 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

As The Times’ ed­i­to­rial board notes, most reg­is­tered in­di­vid­u­als will not re-of­fend. But the reg­istry also in­cludes those who pose a cur­rent sig­nif­i­cant harm to so­ci­ety. AB 702 would de­fine tier level cat­e­go­riza­tion us­ing the State-Au­tho­rized Risk As­sess­ment Tool for Sex Of­fend­ers, which is used to de­ter­mine the risk an of­fender poses.

Tiered reg­istries ex­ist in 46 states.

Un­for­tu­nately, how­ever, noth­ing hap­pened to AB702. I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to re­move the “one la­bel fits all” sys­tem in Cal­i­for­nia and ask our leg­is­la­tors to re­vive AB 702.

Ca­role Urie

La­guna Beach

When I was about 7, a man ex­posed him­self to me in an un­der­ground tun­nel. I ran home ter­ri­fied. I am now 76 and much more ter­ri­fied at what is be­ing done to lac­er­ate and de­stroy the lives of non­vi­o­lent sex of­fend­ers.

I plead for treat­ment and for moral and clin­i­cal as­sess­ments, not incarceration. Th­ese peo­ple are in bondage to a com­pul­sion.

Cal­i­for­nia’s ver­sion of Jes­sica’s Law, which ef­fec­tively blocked sex of­fend­ers from living in most ur­ban ar­eas, was one of the Dra­co­nian laws formed by non-il­lu­mi­nated peo­ple and the big ticket pur­vey­ors of sen­sa­tion, the me­dia.

Fur­ther­ing the hor­ror, pros­e­cu­tors are some­times less than hon­est, public de­fend­ers are over­worked, and judges, not im­mune to pres­sure from our cul­ture, some­times make hasty de­ci­sions.

And, of course, as Ana­tole France said long ago, “The law, in its ma­jes­tic equal­ity, for­bids the rich as well as the poor to sleep un­der bridges.”

Gail G. Moore

West Hol­ly­wood

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