Judge blocks prop 83
I heard this on NPR yesterday and found it pretty fascinating. A judge has blocked the implementation of prop 83, as it’s generally considered illegal to impose new punitive measures on people who have already done their time. If enacted, the bill could have forced sex offenders who have been out of prison for twenty or more years to sell their homes, quit their jobs and move out to the country so they’re at least 2,000 feet from a school. They served their time in prison, parole, etc. and we cannot impose new penalties on them, according to this judge.
Mostly because the proposition contains no grandfathering language.
You’d think that somewhere along the way the people who wrote the bill would have looked into this and not wasted everyone’s time and money pushing a bill that is unconstitutional. The author of the bill, state senator George Runner, is now saying the bill was never meant to apply to the 60,000 current sex offenders we have here in California. It will only apply to new sex offenders.
You can read more about it here, at the Contra Costa Times.