David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Opinion: Predator Politics

The Legislature's reluctance to toughen laws governing California's worst sexual offenders is a shame. But when elected representatives refuse to act, voters can always resort to the initiative process.

Senate Democrats announced legislation last week aimed at curtailing violent sexual predators. Senate Bill 1128 by Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, is intended as an alternative to "Jessica's Law," a Republican-backed bill that would boost sentences for certain sex crimes and require lifetime satellite monitoring of paroled sexual predators.

At the moment, Alquist's bill contains only a list of findings and declarations, so it's impossible to judge the legislation on its merits. In general, the bill calls for longer sentences for child rapists and increased penalties for child pornography, more monitoring of parolees and mandatory treatment of sex offenders in prison.

But it's worth noting that those same Senate Democrats, Alquist included, wasted no time on Jan. 10 killing half a dozen bills designed to do all that and more. Among the casualties was SB 588 -- Jessica's Law. And every one of those bills went down on straight party-line votes.

Californians should question why the majority party in Sacramento stubbornly refuses to pass stronger laws against sex offenders. Fact is, the Democrat-controlled Legislature has blocked or voted down more than 30 Republican-sponsored bills aimed at predators in the last year.

Some crimes are so heinous that the perpetrators should never again be allowed to walk free. Child rape is one such crime. The best prevention is to ensure predators are kept from hunting their prey. Where better than behind bars?

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