The California Reform Sex Offender Laws organization and the 102,000 families it represents oppose Assembly Bill (AB) 321 as currently written because it would further reduce the locations at which a “sex offender” can reside. That is, the bill would preclude “sex offenders” from living near a day care center or a foster home. Current state law precludes “sex offenders” on parole from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a park. That law significantly limits where a “sex offender” and his/her family can live. In fact, it completely eliminates residency in some major cities such as San Francisco and most locations within cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego.
Laws like AB 321 are based upon misinformation. The facts are (1) most children are sexually assaulted not by a “sex offender” but by a family member, teacher, coach or clergy and (2) less than 2 percent of “sex offenders” commit a second sex-related offense. These statistics come from the CA Sex Offender Management Board report of September 2011 and CDCR report of October 2012.
Please send letters to the bill’s author, Tim Donnelly, at P.O. Box 942849, Room 2002, Sacramento, CA 94249-0033 or call him at (916) 319-2033. You can also communicate with Assemblyman Donnelly by E-mail by going to www.assembly.ca.gov. Donnelly is a Republican who represents Victorville and adjacent cities.