Posts Tagged ‘Residency Restrictions’

Are Rules For Sex Offenders Strong Enough?

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

John Albert Gardner IIIWe’ve all heard the recent stories about sexual offenders who commit new crimes after spending time in prison. These unsettling reports create an uproar from citizens who are increasingly concerned for their own safety. The public may soon demand a re-examination of laws that are supposed to protect society from violent sexual offenders.

In 2000, John Albert Gardner III was convicted of incarcerating and molesting a 13-year-old girl. He was sentenced to six years in prison and set free after five. Gardner was placed on parole for three years, but he was allowed to live in close proximity to a school in southern California. By 2008 he was no longer required to check in with a parole officer. It was not the last time the police would deal with John Gardner.
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CA Police BadgeThe subject of what should be done with registered sex offenders always leads to a myriad of questions. Should sexual offenders be set free and left alone after completing a prison sentence? Could offenders benefit from long-term rehabilitative treatment? Would residency restrictions that ban pedophiles from living within 2,000 feet of any location where children regularly congregate help or hurt matters?

In California, one high-profile case is changing the rules for registered sexual offenders. Phillip Garrido, the man accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years, is being used as a striking example of why it is essential for law enforcement agents to keep a closer watch on registered offenders.
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New Laws For California Sex Offenders

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Logo in favor of Jessica's Law.

Logo in favor of Jessica's Law.

A new ruling by the California Supreme Court may make it very difficult for registered sexual offenders to find housing. The “residency restrictions” ruling states that sexual offenders cannot live within 2,000 feet of parks, schools, or any other location where children regularly assemble.

The Court’s decision is based on Jessica’s Law – a law that got started in Florida in 2005. Jessica’s Law is named after Jessica Lunsford, a young girl who was raped and murdered by a John Couey. During Couey’s trial, the public discovered that he had a prior conviction as a sexual offender. People were incensed that a previous offender had been set free and was able to commit this heinous crime.

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