FROM Steve Ipsen
Jessica's Law and the Civil Rights of Sex Offenders 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.
Implementing Jessica's Law Just three weeks ago, 70% of California voters approved tough new restrictions on sex offenders. "Jessica's Law" requires paroled sex offenders to live more than 2000 yards from a school or a park and to wear satellite tracking devices for the rest of their lives. The Governor's High-Risk Sex Offender Task Force hasn't even made recommendations, but two federal judges have already suspended the residential requirements of Proposition 83 . State Attorney General Bill Lockyer has changed his mind about who it applies to and parole officials say it might cost more than its authors ever intended. We update the confusion and continuing controversy over a popular initiative.
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