Recognizing that their registry is clogged and over-burdened with thousands who pose little to no risk, the California Sex Offender Management Board has recommended that they remove some low risk offenders, including approximately 900 who have not committed an offense in over 55 years, from the registry.
The Board made these recommendations to a very reluctant legislature who acknowledged the board’s findings make sense but worry about political backlash.
Some points the Board made is that the list of almost 100,000 sex offenders is unwieldy and impossible to manage, dilutes focus from the registrants who actually require greater supervision and are based on premises which were found to be untrue in the decades since the registry was enacted.
We know that the registry and many of the corresponding requirements have proven unsuccessful in reducing sexual offenses and have, in fact, caused recidivism to increase in many cases. In is overreaching, costly, unfairly stigmatizes the families of registrants and simply does not work. Still, politicians are unwilling to do anything about it for fear of the backlash.
The Florida Action Committee hopes Legislators in California will start to put the safety of that State’s children ahead of their political agendas.
Florida Action Committee (FAC), founded in 2006, is a state-wide consortium of concerned citizens and professionals whose purpose is to promote the prevention of sexual abuse while preserving the safety and dignity of all citizens through carefully structured laws targeting the truly violent, forced, and/or dangerous predatory acts of sex. FAC believes that many aspects of the current approach to sex offenders seriously undermine justice and actually increase the threat of sexual assault against others, particularly children. FAC opposes a publicized registry of sex offenders and seeks to bring an end to the humiliation of people who have already paid for their crimes. FAC asserts that only by supporting justice for all people—offenders and victims alike can a truly safe society be built and secured for all Americans.