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Voters passed Jessica's Law nine years ago with the goal of protecting potential victims of repeat sex offenders. It turns out that fewer than 2% ever do it again, but the measure limits where all convicts can live for the rest of their lives. Many become homeless, which makes matters worse.

Also, on Saturday a Hyundai driver made a wrong turn and derailed a crowded train on the Expo Line. That's raised a question that's decades old: is Metro's light-rail system safe for passengers, drivers and pedestrians?

Photo: Andrew Watson

Producers:
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel

Jessica's Law and the Civil Rights of Sex Offenders 16 MIN, 38 SEC

Jessica's Law passed nine years ago with 70% of the vote. The goal was to protect future victims from repeat sex offenders. But the State Supreme Court and Attorney General Kamala Harris have ruled that applying it to all convicts across the board is unconstitutional.  The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says that a case-by-case approach is not only more humane — it's a better way to accomplish the goal of Jessica's Law.

Guests:
Janice Bellucci, California Reform Sex Offender Laws
Frank Lindsay, registered sex offender
Steve Ipsen, victims' rights attorney (@steveipsen)

Recent Crash Puts LA's Expanding Rail Lines under Scrutiny 9 MIN, 23 SEC

Saturday morning, one of Metro's Expo Line trains was hit by a Hyundai sedan in Exposition Park near the campus of USC.  Two of three cars filled with passengers were derailed, and 12 people were injured, one critically. Is Metro's light-rail system safe for passengers, drivers and pedestrians?

Guests:
Vijay Khawani, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (@metrolaalerts)
Najmedin Meshkati, University of Southern California

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