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

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Two bills make it out of the Senate Public Safety Committee yesterday.

SB 1178, authored by Senator Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco), was introduced January 13, 2006.

There is some mis-information in the media about this bill so allow me, your fearless blogger, to set it straight.

News10.net writes that SB 1178 "is proposing that high-risk offenders be required to wear global positioning satellite tracking devices for the duration of their probation or parole."

The Press Enterprise writes that SB 1178 "would require satellite-tracking of the state's estimated 3,000 high-risk sex offenders during their paroles."

Sounds good but they both got it wrong.

Here is what the bill actually says (from the legislative counsels digest):

This bill would require a person who is convicted of an offense that requires him or her to register as a sex offender, and who is determined to be at a high risk of reoffending, to be electronically monitored while on probation, unless the chief probation officer determines that such monitoring is unnecessary for a particular person.

Contrary to the above mentioned media reports, "GPS" and "satellite-tracking" are not mentioned in the bill. Electronic monitoring is far different than GPS.

Nor are "high-risk sex offenders", such as David Allyn Dokich, mentioned in the bill. It states sex offenders on parole who are determined to be high risk and this determination is made by the Department of Corrections. It also gives them a big fat out when it says "unless the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation determines that such monitoring is unnecessary for a particular person."

So the same people who place high risk sex offenders in communities full of children, the same people that play the 'sex offender shuffle', these are the people who are going to be the ones who decide who gets a bracelet? Thanks but no thanks.

Now lets look at Senate Bill 1128 authored by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose). It was introduced January 9, 2006.

It is being called the Sex Offender Punishment, Control, and Containment Act of 2006. That sounds an awful lot like the Sexual Predator Punishment and Control Act of 2006 (Jessica's Law).

Well it is an awful lot like SB 588 (Jessica's Law) and even says "this bill incorporates a number of the sentencing revisions proposed in SB 588 and the proposed Jessica's Law initiative."

What it does not have is any restrictions on where sex offenders may live nor does it have any provisions for tracking them. One thing it does have that I like is it increases the information available to the public on the Megans Law website. It would add Sexually Violent Predator information and risk assessment information.

It's curious that on January 10th of this year Senator Alquist voted against a bunch of bills including SB 588 (Jessica's Law). She also voted against SB 722 which would have placed sex offenders on parole for life if their victim was under 12, SB 1044 which would have increased the penalties for the worst sex offenders and would require GPS monitoring for all sex offenders while on parole and create a new law to deal with luring. She also did not vote for SB 1074 which would have required all high risk sex offenders to be monitored by GPS for life and would require the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to share parolee information with local law enforcement.

It is interesting that both of these bill were introduced this January. One has to wonder if the over 700,000 signatures gathered to get the real Jessica's Law on the ballot had anything to do with these bills sudden appearance.

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