Changes coming to Jessica’s Law

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Supreme Court made a change to Jessica’s Law this week.

In 2006, California voters approved Jessica’s Law, a measure that prevents sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park, but this week’s move by the court, may redefine the term “safe Neighborhood.”

“Once an individual has committed a sex offense, against a child, they lose their freedom, lose their rights. They should stay locked up,” said Dianne Jacob.

San Diego County Board Supervisor’s Chair Dianne Jacob is not alone in her strong opinions, but the court ruled blanket restrictions on where paroled sex offenders can live, violate the offenders rights.

It came after a lower court found sex offenders were banned from almost all housing units in San Diego.

They cannot find housing, they do not have access to services, they have to leave their families, and so they end up on the street.

“As a mom it is disturbing, but as a citizen, everybody has rights and deserves a second chance,” said Seda Dogan.

“I for one, am worried that it’s an experiment to have a sex offender out in the community who might re-offend one of our kids. That’s scary,” said Bonnie.

Dumanis said San Diegans would be kept safe. But how? Through their safe team, whose members check up on every single sex offender, even those who are homeless.

Also through the sex offender task force, and frankly parents have responsibility in this.

“The most important thing for any parent is to have a conversation with their children. Be vigilant. Go on Megan’s Law List and check to see who’s in the neighborhood,” said Bonnie.

Jim Parys said, ” I have a 15-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son. It’s a concern of mine. I go online and to that website to track. I’ve done that before.”

Is it a sign of the times to research neighbors before moving in, or keep taps on new neighbors?

It is about keeping families safe.

If there is a strong belief that a sex offender will re-offend, a parole officer can impose the 2,000-foot-rule, preventing them form living near schools and parks, but it would have to be presented and approved on a case by case basis.

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