The Unintended Consequences of a Crackdown on Sex Crime
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Jessica’s Law against sexual predators passed last year with 70% of the vote in California. But for law enforcement, it could be an expensive nightmare. Also tonight, Barack Obama and California’s Latino voters.
Maria Elena Durazo Endorses Obama ()
The latest polls show Hillary Clinton with a big lead among California Democrats. Latinos are a growing segment of the party, and Mayor Villaraigosa is one of Clinton’s national co-chairs. But today, Barack Obama got the endorsement of another powerful figure: Maria Elena Durazo, head of the LA County Federation of Labor.
Has Jessica’s Law Kept California Children Any Safer? ()Last year, 70% of California voters approved Jessica’s Law—a measure designed to crack down on sexual predators. It prohibits paroled offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a park used by children. It requires that parolees wear GPS monitors for the rest of their lives. But local officials say the residency requirement is so tough that parolees can’t find places to live and that the GPS monitors are too expensive. Governor Schwarzenegger created the Sex Offender Management Board
to study the problems, and it held hearings last week in San Francisco, Bakersfield and San Bernardino.
- Tom Tobin: Vice-Chair of the California Sex Offender Management Board
- George Runner: Republican Senator representing California’s 17th District
- Ernest Galvan: Attorney in private practice in San Francisco
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