Sex Offender Registry Reform Signed by Governor Brown

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Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 384 (Weiner) into law, which marks an important success in legislation for CALCASA and the movement to end sexual violence. The new law promotes better measures for public safety, better practices in allocating resources, and centers survivors voices in the need for offender rehabilitation and a system that promotes community health, prevention, and safety beyond monitoring. Sex offender registry reform is long overdue and CALCASA is proud to be a part of these needed changes.

CALCASA thanks the Rape Crisis Center Programs, and especially the survivors who brought their voices to the conversation. Many of our advocates and survivors took action to reach out to their representatives by phone, email, and in-person visits. The voices of survivors testifying on the importance of this bill was crucial for our representatives to hear, and played a pivotal role in getting SB 384 (Wiener) to the Governor’s desk.

We will continue to inform and participate in the development of the reformed sex offender registration system and show how registry reform can lead to better initiatives to center meaningful accountability and improve public safety. As part of the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB), CALCASA will continue to advocate for sex offender management that reflects survivors needs. This is a step in shifting the narrative of persons who have caused sexual harm and public safety that reflects the vast experiences of survivors. We are hopeful that this legislation can lead to better prevention and proactive solutions to ending sexual violence and look forward to what opportunities the next legislative session holds.

Lorena Campos

Communications Associate Lorena Campos is a Chicana and Stockton, CA native. She began her work with CALCASA as an intern in the spring of 2015. Since then Lorena has graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.A. in Political Science, and Minor in Ethnic Studies. Many of her experiences and efforts include: creating inclusive and outreach programming as an Inclusion Coordinator with the University of the Pacific Multicultural Center, facilitating workshops and trainings as a Student to Student Healthy Relationships Peer Educator with the University of the Pacific Women’s Resource Center, and Providing Safe Zone Trainings as an Ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. After working at the University post-graduation, she is excited to return to social justice and advocacy work as the Communications Associate for CALCASA.

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