FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2011
Contact: Quintin Mecke
Office: 415-557-3013; Cell: 415.505.2417
AMMIANO INTRODUCES BILL TO CREATE TIERED REGISTRATION
FOR SEX OFFENDERS IN CALIFORNIA
Sacramento – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill, AB 625, to create a Tiered Registration system for sex offenders in California. The bill is based on the recommendations of the California Sex Offender Management Board, which was created in 2006 by Governor Schwarzenegger to improve policies and practices regarding the management of sex offenders. California is one of only four states (Alabama, Florida, South Carolina) that require lifetime registration for all convicted sex offenders regardless of offense.
“With the skyrocketing costs of corrections in California, we need to base our management and enforcement of sex offenders on the research and data available rather than emotion. This means focusing our efforts and resources on the most dangerous offenders to ensure that the registry achieves its primary goal – to keep our children and communities safe,” said Ammiano.
“California needs to modify its current policy and start devoting our limited resources to those individuals who pose the greatest risk of re-offending. Common sense and solid research both agree that not all sex offenders pose the same degree of risk of re-offending. Many pose very little risk. Unless one accepts the myth that “all sex offenders are alike,” there can be no defensible justification for treating them all the same and requiring lifetime registration for each and every convicted sex offender. This puts an increasing burden on law enforcement and does not make our communities any safer,” said Tom Tobin, Ph.D., California Sex Offender Management Board Vice-Chair.
The members of the California Sex Offender Management Board have recommended that California rethink its registration policies and move toward a smarter approach based on solid information about what is effective in managing sex offenders.
For the full Sex Offender Management Board report, go to:
Office of Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
455 Golden Gate Avenue, #14300
San Francisco, CA 94102