Monday, May 01, 2006

Another counter-productive law

No doubt this one will survive all court challenges because, after all, it's only sex offenders they're going after.

Santa Ana Considers Tough Restrictions On Sex Offenders
'Child Safety Zone' Would Prohibit Presence Near Schools, Playgrounds

LOS ANGELES -- Santa Ana could become the first Orange County city to adopt a Child Safety Zone ordinance that would tighten restrictions to keep sex offenders away from playgrounds and other places children gather.

The Santa Ana City Council will consider an ordinance modeled on one adopted late last year in National City in San Diego County. The National City ordinance makes it a misdemeanor for registered sex offenders to be within 300 feet of schools, facilities that provides day care or children's services, video arcades, playgrounds, parks or amusement centers.

Violations are punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in jail, but sentences can be reduced to an infraction punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense. For a second offense, fines can be as much as $500.

Santa Ana has 383 sex offenders, four considered "high-risk offenders," according to police. In 2003, Santa Ana had 192 child sex abuse cases, followed by 166 in 2004 and 157 in 2005, according to statistics.

Two bills pending in the state Senate, as well as the proposed ballot measure dubbed "Jessica's Law," would restrict the activities of registered sex offenders. "Jessica's Law" also would require certain high-risk offenders to wear tracking devices that incorporate GPS technology.

Assembly Bill 50 would make it illegal for particular registered sex offenders or people convicted of certain sex crimes from being on any school property, or streets, sidewalks or public walkways adjacent any school. Assembly Bill 96 would require GPS tracking for certain high-risk sex offenders before they are paroled.

For anyone who thinks this is going to make anyone any safer, I have this bridge...

The real result of this will be to accustom registered sex offenders to being continual lawbreakers, thus leading to more real crime (you know, the kind that has victims) instead of less. Do-nothing feel-good (it must feel real good to be a successful bully) laws really are dangerous and counterproductive, as Iowa is learning as their zoning laws dropped registration compliance from 90+% to 50% -- but if this is what the shee... er... voting public really wants, well...


Blogger Eugenics PI said...

If Jessica's Law passes, all those registered sex offenders who live in the cities will have to move to the valleys and deserts.

They will all be strangers, so what is the real stranger danger?

The Summer of Fear: Examining Newspaper Coverage of Child Abductions from a Public Health Perspective

Also, will Jessica's law make anyone safer?


Do the registries in and of themselves make anyone safer?


Is there any backlash from the offender registries?

Collateral Consequences of Sex Offender Registration

Sometimes solutions are actually more problems.

Jessica's Law initiative is misguided public policy


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