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Evaluating California's Sex Offender Laws

I jjust finished listening to this segment of the show.
With all due respect to Dr. Zhang and his data regarding closer, special supervision for sex offenders.
Post-Prop. 13, a lot of changes had to have been made in the allocation of resources and case loads. Does data exist as to the increased case loads of Parole and Probation officers in proportion to the fiscal troubles of the state?
Doesn`t this fiscal dilution of resources contribute to the problem? Not to mention the poorly conceived and costly Three-Strikes law.
Unless we are willing to fully fund these supervisory state and county workers, I doubt we will have a remedy at hand soon.
Besides, the unique predator, Gardner, in this case was a stalker to boot. Stranger stalking, I suspect, is a very unique and statistically anomalous behavior.
The real problem in the Gardner case was inadequate supervision. This guy <i>repeatedly</i> violated his terms and, I suspect, due to caseload overload was ignored. Gardner fell through the cracks. We have a real victim and now a new wave of hysteria has begun.

March 25, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )