Sex Offender Registry Articles

California Senator Plans Bill to Protect Gay Adolescents from the Sex Offender Registry

Democratic state senator Scott Wiener recently detailed his plans for bills he will be introducing in 2019. He plans a major push for legislation focused on LGBTQ issues and protecting the LGBTQ community, including gay adolescents. Wiener said he plans to introduce a bill that would essentially allow gay teenagers to be included in “Romeo and Juliet” laws, which prevent some heterosexual teens from having to register as a sex…

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Could California Finally Change to a Tiered Sex Offender Registry? (PC 290)

For years, sex offender groups and California lawmakers have discussed making changes to the state sex offender registration system. None of these discussions have ever resulted in revamping or updating the current registration system. But a new bill making its way through the State Senate could soon bring a new tiered registration system to California. Tiered Sex Offender Registry Senate Bill 421, known as the Tiered Registry Bill, was introduced…

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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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Operation Boo Requirement Ruled Unconstitutional

Every Halloween, registered sex offenders become prisoners in their own homes. Since 1994, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) works in conjunction with local police and sheriff’s departments to conduct “Operation Boo.” Under Operation Boo, registered sex offenders who are on parole or probation must follow these rules between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Halloween night: Remain in their own home Not answer the door for anyone…

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