CALCASA applauds the LA Daily News for its thoughtful editorial in support of SB 421.
CALCASA is a sponsor of SB 421 because sexual assault survivors, their families, and our communities have been negatively impacted by California’s lifetime sex offender registry.
“By establishing a tiered sex offender registry, low-risk and non-violent offenders have a pathway off the registry and therefore, a strong incentive to not re-offend. Furthermore, a tiered system would enable law enforcement to monitor the most dangerous sex offenders who are living in our communities,” said Sandra Henriquez, Chief Executive Officer at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
LA Daily News: Bill offers needed reform for sex offender registry
By The Editorial Board
“California’s cluttered sex offender registry is too large to be effective and must be reformed if it is to be of any use to law enforcement.
“Recognizing the registry has grown “burdensome and ineffective,” the California Sex Offender Management Board has called on the state to adopt a tiered system, in which offenders register for varying periods of time depending on their offense, history and risk of re-offending. Together with the California Police Chiefs Association and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, CSOMB is backing a credible proposal to restore the effectiveness of the registry.
“With SB421, California can maintain accountability for lower-risk and nonviolent offenders, while freeing up resources to monitor those at highest risk of creating new victims. It’s an overdue reform which will do more to protect the public than our unworkable, outdated registry.”
Visit the LA Daily News website to read the editorial in its entirety.
Learn more about SB 421 here.
It’s been three weeks since my first day at CALCASA, and I can literally feel the energy of my coworkers who want to help people. I guess it could be my excitement around starting at a new job, but I’m certain that’s not what it is.
Every hour of the day I am learning new policies, trainings, procedures and acronyms. Here’s what I know so far: At CALCASA we’re working to ensure that all survivors find healing, and we know that the path to healing is different for every survivor. We recognize that pursuing the criminal justice system may not be an option or choice for all survivors and we are exploring alternative accountability measures that will foster accountability and healing. We know that meeting our goal to end sexual violence means that we have to change social norms and systems within our communities.
As the Public Policy Associate, I will be educating our state and federal lawmakers about CALCASA, Rape Crisis Centers, and the survivors we serve. I will also be advocating for laws that focus on ways to end sexual violence and put traditionally underserved communities at the forefront of consideration as policies are crafted.
So while I’m still learning what all the different acronyms mean, I do know this organization has a staff that is making a positive difference in the lives of thousands of survivors. It’s an honor to be part of this movement.
I really look forward to meeting with the Rape Crisis Centers throughout California and hearing about how public policy is affecting survivors and day-to-day operations. If you need anything or have questions related to public policy at the state and federal level, please call or email me.
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