On the heels of the Jaycee Dugard case, California parole officers will be cracking down on sex offenders at all levels in an effort to put society’s collective mind at ease. Monitoring via ankle bands and increased contacts will be part of the newly implemented policies.
According to the LA Times the new rules were issued this week by parole officials to better track where sex offenders are and when. Although electronic monitoring cannot prevent or stop crime, it can tell where offenders are at any given time and if that place may be a violation of their parole.
Five thousand “low level” sex offenders now must be monitored for at least four days a month. High risk sex offenders, who are monitored daily, are now required to get two home visits per month, up from one monthly visit by parole officials. The new regulations also require more work when the monitors are not issuing a signal or when a parolee is located within a restricted area.
In Dugard’s case, California parole has faced a backlash due to several clues that officer’s may have picked up on over the last decade in dealing with the suspect in the case.
Sex offenders are subject to some of the most stringent restrictions when convicted. No other crime that allows you to remain in society requires such regulation. The stigma attached to sex offenses is so strong that it truly affects the laws surrounding the crime.
Being convicted of a sex offense can dictate where you live, where you spend your free time, and your ability to find employment. If you are faced with charges of this nature, you are likely as scared of these results as you are of the potential prison sentence you face.
Whether you are facing charges of molestation, rape, or sexual battery—we may be able to help. Contact our California lawyers today to discuss the charges against you. we can give you some valuable legal advice and a free consultation.