Chelsea's Law Signed By Governor

Katy Grimes: Governor Schwarzenegger signed Chelsea’s Law today, making it an official California statute. The law is named for 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was murdered in San Diego in February.

The new gives judges the option of sentencing someone to life without parole in cases of forcible child sex crimes, increases the time sex offenders must spend on parole, and creates a risk assessment system for identifying which sex offenders need more treatment and supervision.

An urgency clause in the new law states that the moment the Governor signed it, Chelsea’s Law became  law without a specified waiting period or future effective date.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, author of the law, AB 1844, and said in an interview today with KALW News, “I think what we can do is when you have the proper warnings that someone’s going to re-offend, when they demonstrate that they have a propensity for these types of repeat offenses, then you have to do everything in your power to prioritize and focus on that person and keep them away from kids. That’s kind of what we’re trying to do.”

Posted Sept. 9, 2010

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