AB 2

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sex Offenders: Parole Violations

Current law states anyone who is required to register a sex offender and fails to do so is in violation of their parole. However, under realignment, these offenders are being sent to county or city jail instead of state prison. Overcrowding of these jails puts offenders back on the streets within weeks, if not days. AB 2 would place these offenders back in state prison where they can serve their complete term.

Background

The registration of sex offenders in California began in 1947. This registration information, with some exceptions, has been accessible online since 2004, under Megan’s Law. Failure to register for felons and those on parole was previously punishable by imprisonment in state prison. Due to realignment, these offenders are being sent to city or county jail. Overcrowding of these jails puts offenders back on the streets within weeks, or days, if they serve time at all. Recently, a sex offender who violated his parole by failing to register as a sex offender, served only one day out of a thirty day sentence because of jail overcrowding. Since his release, he has been charged with murder. We are compromising the safety of our communities by putting these criminals back onto the streets with no accountability for their actions.

Solution

It has become a well-known fact that there are no repercussions for failure to comply with the rules. This bill will send violators to state prison as this is the only way to ensure they actually serve their sentence and won’t be released early due to overcrowding.

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