CBS San Deigo recently covered the status of Jessica’s Law implementation. The story aired on Monday and the CBS correspondent noted that while parole is enforcing residency restrictions, probations (under direction from local District Attorney’s office) is electing to hold off until a court decision mandates implementation.
In the effort to covey the gaps of implementation, CBS interviewed Jessica’s Law supporter Bonnie Dumanis and the Executive Director of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), Suzanne Brown-McBride.
Victim Advocate, Brown-McBride emphasized:
“It’s better to know where an offender lives and that they have a stable residence than to have them wandering around homeless, transient and unsupervised…
The point of these laws is not to just make the community feel safe, to make them feel like they have residency restrictions, therefore they’re safe, GPS to make them feel like they’re safe. But to actually make them safe.”
Whereas, Dumanis is quoted as saying:
“As you know, the law is in flux. It’s confusing at this moment,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said.
Dumanis strongly supports Jessica’s Law. She points out the law’s increased prison sentences remain in full force.
“Jessica’s Law is working, it’s working well,” she said. “There are some issues we need to address, and with anything we need to discuss it, reflect on it and if there are things that need to be changed, then we should change it.”