CALCASA applauds the LA Daily News for its thoughtful editorial in support of SB 421.
CALCASA is a sponsor of SB 421 because sexual assault survivors, their families, and our communities have been negatively impacted by California’s lifetime sex offender registry.
“By establishing a tiered sex offender registry, low-risk and non-violent offenders have a pathway off the registry and therefore, a strong incentive to not re-offend. Furthermore, a tiered system would enable law enforcement to monitor the most dangerous sex offenders who are living in our communities,” said Sandra Henriquez, Chief Executive Officer at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
LA Daily News: Bill offers needed reform for sex offender registry
By The Editorial Board
“California’s cluttered sex offender registry is too large to be effective and must be reformed if it is to be of any use to law enforcement.
“Recognizing the registry has grown “burdensome and ineffective,” the California Sex Offender Management Board has called on the state to adopt a tiered system, in which offenders register for varying periods of time depending on their offense, history and risk of re-offending. Together with the California Police Chiefs Association and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, CSOMB is backing a credible proposal to restore the effectiveness of the registry.
“With SB421, California can maintain accountability for lower-risk and nonviolent offenders, while freeing up resources to monitor those at highest risk of creating new victims. It’s an overdue reform which will do more to protect the public than our unworkable, outdated registry.”
Visit the LA Daily News website to read the editorial in its entirety.
Learn more about SB 421 here.