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

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Núñez: Get tougher on sex offenders

By Sam Stanton and Mareva Brown -- Bee Staff Writers

Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez called Tuesday for a radical overhaul of how the state handles its highest-risk sex offenders, proposing that they be forced to undergo therapy before they can win release.

The Assembly leader's statements came in response to a three-day investigative series in The Bee outlining flaws in California's sexually violent predator program, including the fact that most of the men sent to the program after prison had not done their prescribed mental health treatment before being allowed back into society.

"It's amazing to see that you've got people like this that are violent sex offenders and are out on the street without treatment," said Núñez, D-Los Angeles.

Republican legislators immediately attacked Núñez's comments as hypocritical, blaming him for blocking their similar - and, they said, tougher - proposals during the past two years.

"I'm glad the speaker's found religion," said Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, who accused Núñez of personally killing his own efforts to increase the public information available on the Web about sex offenders.

Members of both political parties agreed, however, that the failures The Bee exposed in the sexually violent predator program made it clear changes are needed. The Governor's Office reiterated in an afternoon conference call with reporters that it will remain steadfast in its commitment to toughening the state's sex offender laws.

"It's sad that it took this exposé to evoke the reaction we're now seeing," state Sen. Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno, said in an interview. "Hopefully, they'll do the right thing."

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Your fearless blogger here. The Jessica's Law campaign gets enough signatures to be placed on the ballot and suddenly Fabian Nunez wants to get tough on sex offenders?

Me thinks something smells in Sacramento.

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