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Will the Keep Kids Safe At School Act Actually Make Kids Safer?

Recently, State Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) proposed the “Keep Kids Safe at School Act.” It’s hard to oppose a bill with that says it will keep children safe, but the proposed law actually does not do this. Instead, it perpetuates stereotypes that are commonly associated with sex offenders. What is the Keep Kids Safe at School Act? Currently, registered sex offenders are barred from being present on school grounds unless…

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Is it Statutory Rape When Two Minors Have Sex? (PC 261.5)

The criminal justice system functions best when people understand what is and what is not a crime. Unfortunately, laws are not always so clear. The perfect example of this is the crime of statutory rape. Statutory rape occurs when a minor engages in sexual intercourse. Minors cannot legally consent to sex, so it is considered statutory rape when they engage in this activity. So, should a minor be prosecuted for…

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Court Upholds the Scarlet Passport for Sex Offenders

If you have been convicted of a sex crime and you are thinking about traveling outside of the United States, your travel plans face certain hardships. It is already difficult to travel as a sex offender, but a law passed recently will make it even harder when it goes into effect. This law requires sex offenders to have a special mark on their passports that identifies their sex offender status.…

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Does a Minor Need to Register as a Sex Offender?

In many cases involving criminal acts, a minor does not face the same harsh punishment that adults face for the same crime. This is mostly because the law is designed to give juveniles a chance to reform and ultimately not have to pay for their crime well into adulthood. When it comes to sex crimes, adults often face a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender if they are…

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Bill Giving Cities Ability to Adopt Strict Sex Offender Ordinances Fails

Assembly Bill 201 failed to gain the votes needed to make it out of committee in the California Legislature. The bill, which would have granted local governments the ability to adopt rules restricting where registered sex offenders can live or visit, will not be considered during the remainder of 2016. The failure of the bill represents a victory in the fight for protecting the civil rights of sex offender registrants.…

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California Courts Lift Housing Ban on Registered Sex Offenders

One of the more difficult problems that registered sex offenders face is finding suitable housing. Under “Jessica’s Law,” registered sex offenders were prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. However, a recent court ruling could pave the way to changes in this law. “No Rational Relationship” In March 2015, the California Supreme Court heard a challenge brought by four registered sex offenders in San Diego regarding…

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