Mod: Janice Bellucci has sued a lot of cities over the years, and has won in court every chance she got. But apparently opening cities up one lawsuit at a time for the residential convenience of registered sex offenders is not really enough for her. Now she is working through the state legislature to bring the entire State of California to heel. Here is how KPCC tells it.
California bill would relax supervision of sex offenders (KPCC link): State lawmakers, with support from many in law enforcement, are considering an historic rollback of California's lifetime registration requirement for sex offenders.
The state's sex offender registry is the largest in the country, with more than 100,000 names, according to Janice Bellucci, executive director of the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offender Laws. She estimates that 90 percent of the people on the registry are lower level offenders who pose no threat to society.
The Alliance backs SB 421, which would create different requirements for how long sex offenders must register, based on the severity of their crime.
California is one of just four states that continue to require lifetime registration for all sex offenders.
The legislation would create a three-tier system for sex offenders.
Under tier one, the least serious offenses, people convicted of a range of crimes including indecent exposure and possession of child pornography with intent to distribute would be eligible for removal from the registry after ten years.
Under tier two, people convicted of crimes such as rape or lewd conduct with a child under 14 would be eligible for removal after 20 years.
Anyone convicted of repeat child molestation, repeat rapes and others of the most serious offenses would still be required to register with police for the rest of their lives.
Another change would allow people who have been on the list for more than 30 years to be removed. California created the registry 70 years ago, and in the early days required gay men to register.
Some victim’s rights groups oppose the measure.
"The sad part is that we keep talking about the human face of offenders," Mika Moulton told KPCC’s Airtalk. Moulton operates Christopher’s Clubhouse, a non-profit organization that teaches families and kids about safety in the Coachella Valley.
"What about the face of victims," asks Moulton, whose 10-year-old son was kidnapped and murdered in 1995. She supports changes to the registry but believes people should be required to stay on it longer than proposed.
Governor Brown has yet to say whether he would sign the bill.
The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offender Laws held its national conference in Los Angeles over the weekend, and in a sign of the stigma surrounding the issue, the gathering, attended by sex offenders and their supporters, was closed to the media and other outsiders.
Mod: SB 421 was passed by the State Senate, so you might want to write Jerry Brown and tell him you are not happy. Anthony Portantino abstained. Oh, and you know who was one of the sponsors of this bill? Scott Wiener, the same State Senator who has been fighting so hard to bring back a revitalized and more potent RHNA. What a blessing he has been for this state! Well, OK. Maybe not.