Your View: Chelsea King has a way of protecting California children

By Brent King

Co-founder/President, Chelsea’s Light Foundation

Although she is no longer able to roll up her sleeves in community service as she so often did, Chelsea continues to work for the well being of others through the California legislation that now bears her name.

Signed into law one year ago, Chelsea’s Law (AB1844) enacted legal reforms to further protect children from violent sexual offenders. Put simply, our objective in advocating for this legislation was to protect our children from ”the worst of the worst” — sexual predators who target children.

With 19 people charged in San Diego County under Chelsea’s Law, we believe we are meeting our objective here at home. (In order for Chelsea’s Law to be applied, the crime must have occurred after September 9, 2010.) Chelsea’s Light Foundation is now reaching out to district attorneys offices across the state to aggregate similar data from their counties for an accurate 12-month analysis of the law’s impact.

Our hope is that the number will decrease over time as we restrict this segment of the population with not just longer prison and probation terms, but also two other key pieces of Chelsea’s Law, enhanced GPS monitoring during parole and probation and a first-of-its-kind in California “containment model” for monitoring and assessing that includes the use of polygraph testing.

Today, however, the containment model languishes due to a lack of funding. Funding decisions by our legislators evidence what they view as our greatest community priorities. Carefully monitoring released felons who previously sexually assaulted a child should be one of those unmistakable, non-negotiable priorities. We are committed to holding legislators and responsible agencies accountable for this priority and have begun to focus our efforts on seeking ways to fund enhanced GPS monitoring and the containment model to keep our children safe from these released criminals.

Chelsea’s Light Foundation is a San Diego County nonprofit dedicated to the safety and well being of children.

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2 Comments for “Your View: Chelsea King has a way of protecting California children”

  1. Realreform

    Don't people realize that a large percentage of sexual offenders never hurt anyone at all? Many of them were 18 or 19 and had a consensual relationship with a 16 year old or so decades ago, or chatted on the internet with someone posing as a minor, or downloaded a pic of a teen on kazaa or limewire, or urinated in public, or streaked in college, or received a "sext" from their teen girlfriend, or prostituted or picked one up, or had oral or anal sex which is a felonly in any southern state or some other crime where there was no victim at all whatsoever.

    Not even the 20,000 plus former murderers released every year and former islamic terrorist attempted bombers have residency restrictions or have to reregister on any form of online internet registry or face this type of scrutiny.

  2. Realreform

    Violent sexual offenders like Phillip Garrido and John Gardner and John Couey loved that the registy has a million petty nonviolent sexual offenders so they could hide out amongst them to stay under the radar and slip through the cracks to strike again. These laws should only be focused on real molesters and forcible rapists and kidnappers and murderers who have a real victim, but they are not. Only violent sexual offenders and young child molesters should be monitored or on this registry. A large proportion of "sexual offenders" have never hurt anyone. The state needs to stop harassing them and let them raise their family in dignity like everyone else is allowed to. Most of them just made a mistake as a young man and would like to lead a good life but the state won't let them.

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