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Bill to Send “Un-Registered” Sex Offenders to Prison Dies

A California bill that would have sent some sex offenders who violated parole back to state prison has been rejected by an Assembly committee.

Aired 3/13/13 on KPBS News.

A California bill that would have sent some sex offenders who violated parole back to state prison has been rejected by an Assembly committee.

The measure by Republican Mike Morrell applied to sex offenders who failed to register as required by state law. Under the bill, those offenders would have been sent to state prison.

Morrell said because of Governor Jerry Brown’s realignment program to combat overcrowding, those offenders are now ending up in county jails – where there’s often no room for them.

“Currently, sex offenders can violate their parole and not register as a sex offender. What happens to them? They’re often released with just a slap on the wrist, which isn’t right,” Morrell explained.

The Democratic-controlled committee rejected the bill, with opponents arguing that realignment has been beneficial. They also pointed out a three-judge panel will decide this month on whether California has sufficiently reduced its prison population.

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 12, 2013 at 4:36 p.m. ― 4 years ago

How about one of the idiots up in Sacramento - I invite someone of either party - to admit these sex offender laws are too broad and hysteria-based and don't work?

Maybe if they fixed the ones we have so they zero-in on dangerous predators instead of including minor crimes on the sex offender registry for life and trolling to add new useless provisions so they can tout "I'm tough on sex offenders" at their political rallies they could actually be part of a solution instead of part of a runaway prison-industrial complex rooted in hysterics.

I'm sure Republican Mike Morrell has his political future in mind here, not the safety of the community.

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 13, 2013 at 8:51 a.m. ― 4 years ago

I'm glad it died.

It was expected to die.

The author KNEW it would die.

He wasted tax-payer money on it anyway so he could get what he got - political grandstanding bandwith.

He will be on the campaign trail touting, "I wanted to get tough on sex offenders but the public safety committee stood in my way".

And I'm sure he will get the dumbed-down voter to buy it.

When are these bottom feeders going to start addressing the REAL issues of sexual abuse in this country?

The vast majority of child molestations occur WITHIN THE HOME or FAMILY CIRCLE by someone who KNOWS THE FAMILY - i.e. parents, relatives, teachers, clergy.

I realize it's much more media-glam and politically gratifying to focus-in on the big hairy boogie-man who jumps out of the bushes and grabs your kid's privates, but the fact of the matter is those crimes are more rare than getting struck by lightening.

Mr. Morrell and the countless other political parasites who profit both financially and politically from sex offender hysteria need to be stopped, and cooler heads need to prevail.

We have so many sex offender laws, many of which contradict each other from state to state, county to county, and even city to city and our nation STILL has higher rates of sexual abuse than other countries that don;t go on these witch hunts.

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shelomith_stow | March 13, 2013 at 2:11 p.m. ― 4 years ago

I keep seeing this link between registrants removing GPS and now registrants failing to register and the realignment law that was passed to ease prison overcrowding.

It is my understanding, from multiple sources, that when realignment was passed, those on the registry were exempt from it. In other words, realignment would not affect registered sex offenders. If this is accurate, why doesn't media know this? Everything a registrant does or is speculated to have done is blamed on realignment.

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