Tagged: California

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Slate: California’s Sane New Approach to Sex Offenders

Slate has an interview with Emily Horowitz, a researcher and criminologist with a new book coming out about the inefficacy of sex offender legislation. With the recent changes to residency restrictions in California, Horowitz explains why this evolution is a step in the right direction and a win for logic...

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AP: Many Sex Offenders Killed in California Prison

The AP has a new article about the disproportionate murder rate of incarcerated sex offenders. This is definitely worth a read, exposing the unique, often violent, challenges those accused or convicted of sex crimes face in the criminal justice system. Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard...

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Queerly Precedented: More Gay Bias in Sex Offender Registration

An LA Times article reported that the California Supreme Court overturned People v Hoffsheier (2006), in which they ruled that mandatory registration for one sex crime and not another violates equal protection. Last Thursday, the courts decided, in Johnson v Department of Justice (2015), “that adults convicted of engaging in...

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LA Times: San Bernardino Inmates Allege Gay Discrimination in Jail

LA Times writer Hailey Branson reports on a new lawsuit against West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for discrimination of queer inmates. We encourage any readers with experience in gay/LGBT housing units who want to share their stories to contact us at info@centerforsexualjustice.org: San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies called gay, bisexual...

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Coalition Urges CA Governor: Protect Patients, Stop Gutting Confidentiality

(Los Angeles, California, August 20, 2014) — A coalition of nonprofits alarmed about the gutting of patient confidentiality urges California Governor Jerry Brown to veto pending legislation that requires mental health practitioners to police their patients and report a growing list of statements to law enforcement—or face prosecution and potential...

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VICE: California Has Realized That Sex Offender Registries Don’t Work

VICE has a good run-down of the recent admission by the California Sex Offender Management Board that lifetime sex offender registries don’t work.  While this board recommends certain changes, it is still unclear what political response will actually happen, and if actual change to a tiered registry will result. The...