California – Few sex offenders deemed ‘violent predators,’ audit finds

July 13, 2011 – Ryan Gabrielson, The California Watch The year before California voters passed Jessica’s Law, a broad crackdown on sex offenders, the state prison system referred 512 potentially “violent predators” for examination. By 2007, the year after the law (Proposition 83) passed, that number had rocketed by more than 1,600 percent. Meanwhile, the number of convicts actually deemed sexually violent predators almost tripled, from 15 in 2005 to 43 in 2007. But the number of convicts considered violent predators has dwindled in the years since, according to a report released yesterday by the California State Auditor. After a significant uptick in sexually violent predator commitments in 2006 and 2007, the number dropped to 16 in 2008 and just three in 2009, according to data collected by the auditor. [Full Story: http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/few-sex-offenders-deemed-violent-predators-audit-finds-11459 ]

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