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.
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.
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