So which is the Greater Risk?

Child molesters – ChiMoes.  They are one of the few groups for which the law has found it necessary to continue punitive measures long after they have served their time. Among these are restrictions are where they can / cannot live.  Consider the California Law:

Jessica’s Law, approved by 70 percent of California voters a year ago, bars registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children gather.

It’s interesting to note, such measures do not exist for murderers. Murderers can live next door to a school and there is no ‘murderer registry’ that I am aware of. So which is worse? Having a ChiMoe next door or a Murderer? Or wouldn’t it be helpful in both cases to know?

That aside, Jessicas Law is going to come back to bite the California voters. When you consider how many parks there are and how many schools there are, it would severely limit the choices of where someone can live. And in this case, according to this article, it causes the ChiMoes to go homeless and disappear from view. So which is worse: Having the ChiMoe living near a school and knowing about it or having the ChiMoe invisibly roaming the streets? The first time we have some ChiMoe who disappeared from view due to homelessness and then re-offends, perhaps the voters will realize that this was not very well thought out.

California’s law requires parolees to live in the county of their last legal residence. But in San Francisco, for example, all homes are within 2,000 feet of a school or park.

Now don’t get me wrong – I am not in defense of ChiMoes. But isn’t it better to keep track of them than have them living in the woods where no one knows about them — until it’s too late?

Calif. Offenders Say They Are Homeless

Chester the Molester

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