Chelsea’s Law, supported by republican Senator Fletcher, aims to implement much more severe laws for child predators. Some of the proposed amendments include:
1. Increase the minimum sentence from 15 to 25 years for convictions which were deemed ‘aggravating circumstances,’ like drugging a victim.
2. Those convicted of a crime against a victim younger than 14 years of age would be subject to lifetime parole which would include G.P.S monitoring.
3. Chelsea’s Law also proposes not only living restrictions for sex offenders, but forbids those convicted from visiting public areas where children might be present without the direct permission and knowledge of their probation officers.
While the aims of the Law are merely meant to protect children, the new suggested amendments have attracted criticism and opposition. Some opposers of the law find it ridiculous that after every attack on a child there comes a new law with a new name: Some examples are:Megan’s Law, Rachel’s Law, Sara’s Law, Adam’s Law and many others. Opposers argue that with each travesty comes a new set of laws aimed to improve the old ones, only to be replaced by the name of the next victim, without really solving or addressing the problem,.
The California Attorneys for Criminal Justice is one group who publicly criticized the bill on KGO-TV saying that the lengthening of sentences, and parole terms do not have any correlation with rehabilitating sexual offenders, which is one of the main components of Chelsea’s Law.
Another strong argument against Chelsea’s Law is the financial expenditure it would undoubtedly cost. According to The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, monitoring the 71,000 parolees with GPS-enabled bracelets is costing around $55 million annually. They also reported that it costs tax payers around $40,000 a year per person in prison. Chelsea’s Law aims to up both jail time and GPS bracelets rendering the previous costs extremely lower than if Chelsea’s Law were to pass.
Chelsea’s Law also addresses the need to keep a better watch by parole officers on sex offenders, which could possibly mean additions to the police force, or hiring current officers for longer hours, both adding to the cost burden of the proposed law.
Even in the light of stark opposition, Chelsea’s Law has gained political notice. The town of Poway where Chelsea was raised and went to high school, is also undoubtedly a huge supporter of the law. Families and friends of the victim are taking on the roles of telemarketing companies to raise awareness and support for the local bill. This week, possibly in response to the local efforts, the Chelsea’s Law Facebook page had nearly 80,000 supporters, with many of them donning the Chelsea Sunflower as their main picture.
Businesses are also lending their support to the cause while gaining notice through business to business or b2b telemarketing collaborations. From sponsoring a jog in memory of the late runner, to Chelsea Law T-shirt distributions, many companies are working together to provide deals for people needing supplies for the cause. Most recently a local radio station chartered a bus from San Diego to Sacramento. The bus arrived the eve of the King’s law proposal and dispersed 1,000 donated sunflowers on the capitol steps in support of the law and as a ‘sunflower ovation’ for the King’s brave efforts.
Accompanying Brent and Kelly King was Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher who remains optimistic about the passing of the legislation due to the tremendous bipartisan support, but asserts it will be no easy task. In the press conference Brent King stated, ‘today we start a race, we didn’t choose to run. We were selected to run it. And with the community’s strength and Chelsea’s will driving us, we’re going to run it hard, and we’re going to run it to completion.”
With the tragic passing of yet another teen with improper laws to blame, Americans are left wondering at what cost can we sit back and continue doing nothing? The fate of the bill remains to be determined.
Article Source: http://www.bharatbhasha.com
Article Url: http://www.bharatbhasha.com/crime.php/236663
Article Added on Monday, May 3, 2010
|crime >> Top 50 Articles on crime|
|Category - >|