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Sex Offender Email Alert System Launching In San Diego County

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is unveiling today an e-mail alert system to inform residents when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood.

Aired 3/7/13 on KPBS News.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is unveiling today an e-mail alert system to inform residents when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood.

Approximately 4,000 known sex offenders live in San Diego County, according to the District Attorney's office.

People can currently identify where sex offenders live by using the Megan's Law website. But the Sheriff's department says more steps need to be taken to protect families because if people don't check the site and map on a regular basis, they don't know whether an offender has moved into their neighborhood.

The new alert system will send out an e-mail if the Megan's Law website reports changes to a specific neighborhood.

The Sheriff's Department is set to unveil the new program at 10 a.m. news conference.

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 6, 2013 at 12:54 p.m. ― 4 years ago

This is a sham on so many levels.

First off, the reasons given for this bill prove the costly Megan's Law website is a waste because people don't check it regularly.

This article fails to mention *how* police will obtain the emails they send this info. to, but the 2-March story link here says people will need to sign-up and request the notifications.

Won't the people who actually sign-up for these notifications be the same people who already check Megan's Law website thus defeating the whole stated purpose of this law?

These laws are all politically motivated and rooted more in hysteria than hard fact.

The vast majority of child molestation occurs amongst family members or someone who knows the family like a teacher or clergy.

"Boogie-man" style cases of a random stranger jumping out of the bushes to victimise your child are extremely rare, yet since these are what get all the media attention these extremely rare cases are what all these sex offender laws are created to prevent.

Is there any politican - on either side of the aisle - willing to actually have the courage to repeal some of the more absurd laws instead of always creating more?

I agree there should be a sex offender registry, but it should focus on people who pose a danger to society and not rope in statuatory rape and other minor offenses.

CA is one of only FOUR states in the nation WITHOUT a tiered sex offender registry that categorizes people by the SEVERITY of the crime.

In most other states, people are punished by being on the sex offender registry based on the severity of their crime (10 years, 20 years, or life for the most serious offenders).

CA and 3 other Southern States just cast a wide net and make EVERY sex offender stay on for LIFE.

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 6, 2013 at 12:59 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Moreover, where is the data showing any of these laws actually work?

For years we have been told sex offenders need to be treated as a "special class" of criminal because their recidivism rates are higher than other criminals, but even that myth has been debunked by CDRC which shows only 1.9% go on to commit another sex offense.

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VAHall | March 8, 2013 at 7:36 a.m. ― 4 years ago

This law, and this new program, do NOT protect children. It gives parents a false sense of security. Contrary to popular belief, as a group, sex offenders have the lowest rate of reoffense of all the crime categories. These statistics completely fly in the face of politicians' allegations about sex offenders being the most likely group of criminals to re-offend for their initial crime, but these are the facts. 1.8% is the reported reoffense rate in California. Secondly, the VAST majority of child sexual abuse is perpetrated within the child's own family and close social circle. Those perpetrators are NOT on a registry, and you will NOT be receiving email about them. Focusing on ex-offenders takes the focus away from those who would, and are, harming chidren. Finally, there are some 750,000 people nationwide subject to registration, about 100,000 in California. There are well over 100 offenses which require registration - not all are violent, and not all involved a child, or even another human being. So, who is truly dangerous, and who is not? No way to tell. Do you trust your email to tell you? DOn't. Education and prevention are key to responsible parenting. Educate your children, keep an open dialogue with them, and do not rely on government email or a bloated registry to keep them safe. A new, better way to protect us? Not so much.

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