Uphold Sex Offender Registration Law

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Target: California Judiciary System

Goal: Maintain current law that requires sex offenders to register their email addresses and online handles with the authorities

In the recent election, California voters passed Prop 35, a bill that requires sex offenders to register their email addresses and online handles with the authorities. This new registration process protects children from sex offenders online. Should a registered offender be suspected of criminal activity, authorities could pull his or her email records and chat room messages for investigation as long as they have the proper warrants.

While Prop 35 is not designed to limit sex offenders’ Internet use, it is intended to gather more information about offenders. The law was passed by California voters, but was immediately contested by the American Civil Liberties Union. A federal judge granted a temporary cessation of the new law until the legality of it could be reconsidered.

Setting appropriate limits on sex offenders Internet use is a battle being waged in other states. Many states have been slowly increasing the limits placed on convicted offenders, such as barring them from parks and public places. Expanding those limitations to the Internet is the obvious next step.

Putting the new law on hold altogether thwarted the will of California voters. More importantly, children in chat rooms and on social networking sites will continue to be at risk for dangerous predators. Sign the petition below, and ask the California Judiciary System not to overturn the new law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear California Judiciary System,

By placing a hold on Prop 35, you are disregarding the will of California voters. More importantly, children are left unprotected online. The new law is intended to assist authorities in preventing and solving crime, not to limit offenders’ use of the Internet. As long as sex offenders do not participate in suspicious or illegal activity, their privacy will not be interrupted.

I am asking you to remove the hold placed on Prop 35. It is crucial that sex offender registration evolve with the times. It is natural that sex offenders should have to register their emails and online handles, as well as their physical addresses and phone numbers. If registered sex offenders do not use their email address and internet handles to attract children, then they have nothing to fear.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. Every child deserves the ultimate safety. Hard to imagine the horrors of being a victim.

  2. This is a really stupid petition. I do like how you’re collecting the personal information of people though. I wonder what you plan on doing with it.
    By the way, for those of you who are so ignorant of nearly everything around you… sex offenders are not after your children.

  3. Robert Curtis says:

    It’s disturbing just how much we can infringe on the rights of those that have paid their debt to society. According to a 2011 DOJ report 95% of sex crimes are committed by non-registered sex offenders those that are family members and friends of family members without a recorded history sex violations.

    So if that be true then shouldn’t it stand to reason that everyone declare their online passwords and email addresses? After therapy, probation and time served I doubt the registered sEX-offend is the problem.

    Hitler used the argument of protecting the children to justify killing homosexuals and gypsies. This petition comes from that same kind of spirit of harm. People please don’t fooled by this and read the details of course protecting children is important, but this proposition doesn’t do it.

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