Supreme Court blocks the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from revoking the parole of four sex offenders In a case involving four sex offenders who have violated Jessica’s Law, which forbids sex offenders from living 2,000 feet within a school or park, the Supreme Court has stopped the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from revoking their parole.
The Supreme Court's order was narrowly focused on the four individuals in question, until the matter can be fully resolved in court.
Jessica’s Law also requires twice or more convicted sex offenders, that have failed to properly register as a sex offender to wear a Global Positioning System device on their ankle for five years after their release from prison. For those who are considered sexual predators, the device must be kept on their ankle for ten years. Many hope that these efforts will help law enforcement personnel to track them.
Both Sen. George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) are unhappy with the Court’s decision. "It's outrageous that we would allow sex offenders – even one – to live across the street from a school or park. In interpreting this law, the presumption should favor the safety of California's children, not the inconvenience of sex offenders."
But the Runners aren’t the only ones who are upset. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also said he was disappointed, and won’t stop fighting for Jessica’s Law. "My administration will vigorously defend against challenges to Jessica's Law and protect the will of the people. I am disappointed with the court's order, but remain committed to the full implementation of Jessica's Law. I have directed my administration put every available resource into enforcement and today the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will move forward with a major effort to begin arresting offenders who are out of compliance."