Sex of­fender pa­role bill now with Ap­pro­pri­a­tions

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A bill from two Santa Clarita Val­ley leg­is­la­tors meant to stop the state from “dump­ing” sex of­fend­ers in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties is now headed to the Assem­bly’s Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee.

Se­nate Bill 1199, in­tro­duced by Sen­a­tor Scott Wilk, R-An­te­lope Val­ley, and co-au­thored by Assem­bly­man Tom Lackey, R-Lan­caster, was ap­proved by the Assem­bly Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Safety this week.

“Cur­rent law pushes

sex of­fend­ers to ar­eas that are more ru­ral and less ex­pen­sive which leaves ar­eas like the An­te­lope and Vic­tor val­leys bear­ing the brunt of re­hous­ing and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing Cal­i­for­nia’s sex of­fend­ers,” Wilk said. “S.B. 1199 will keep our com­mu­ni­ties safer by en­sur­ing the place­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of th­ese sex­ual preda­tors does not take place solely in Cal­i­for­nia’s more af­ford­able and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.” S.B. 1199 would ex­pand cur­rent pro­tec­tions against the plac­ing of sex­u­ally vi­o­lent preda­tors into ran­dom com­mu­ni­ties to in­clude, when rea­son­ably pos­si­ble, re­quir­ing au­thor­i­ties to take fa­mil­ial and com­mu­nity ties into con­sid­er­a­tion

when de­ter­min­ing where in­mates con­victed of sex of­fenses re­quir­ing reg­is­tra­tion as a sex crim­i­nal are placed upon re­lease.

Jessica’s Law pro­hibits sex of­fender parolees re­leased from prison on or af­ter Nov. 8, 2006, from re­sid­ing within 2,000 feet of any school and park where chil­dren con­gre­gate. The un­in­tended con­se­quences of res­i­dence re­stric­tions in­clude tran­sience, home­less­ness, in­sta­bil­ity, and other ob­sta­cles to com­mu­nity re-en­try that may ac­tu­ally com­pro­mise, rather than pro­mote, pub­lic safety.



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