Sex Offender Research & State News

  • Half of state's sex offenders will be allowed to live near schools, parks
    3-27-15 California: State parole officials will circumvent Jessica's Law, overwhelmingly approved by voters eight years ago, and no longer enforce its controversial 2,000-foot residency restrictions for sex offenders who target adults, the department announced Thursday. The decision will allow about half of the state's 6,000 sex offender parolees to live close to schools and parks, avoiding a

  • San Angelo Bail Bondsman, Defense Attorney Accused of Forging Will of Alleged Pedophile
    3-27-15 California: A San Angelo bail bondsman and a high-power defense attorney have both been indicted on multiple felonies that center on the will of an alleged pedophile that died of natural causes last year. Ray Zapata, 63, of Zapata Bail Bonds, was booked into the county jail this morning after being picked up by a sheriff’s deputy at the law offices of Melvin Gray and Fred Brigman around

  • California loosens Jessica's Law rules on where sex offenders can live
    3-26-15 California: California officials announced Thursday that the state would stop enforcing a key provision of a voter-approved law that prohibits all registered sex offenders from living near schools. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it would no longer impose the blanket restrictions outlined in Jessica's Law that forbids all sex offenders from living within

  • With 500 convicted killers on the streets, does Michigan need a murderer registry?
    3-25-15 Michigan: GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A man who had spent nearly all his adult years behind bars for second-degree murder was paroled to Grand Rapids after his prison term. A scant seven months later, money was tight and job options hadn't panned out for Paul White. He went on a week-long armed robbery spree. One store clerk described being frozen with fear as the man aggressively demanded

  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors vote to lift sex offender residency restrictions
    3-25-15 California: The move complies with a recent state Supreme Court ruling that said blanket residency restrictions violated offenders’ constitutional rights. Forced to repeal restrictions on where sex offenders can live, Riverside County Supervisors on Tuesday, March 24, began work on a new ordinance that would comply with a recent court ruling. The Board of Supervisors voted