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October 4, 2011 > Out-of-state sex offenders must register in California

Out-of-state sex offenders must register in California

Submitted By Teala Schaff

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill, authored by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro), that would require out-of-state sex offenders to register in California.

Senate Bill 622, which takes effect on January 1, 2012, requires out-of-state sex offenders to register in California upon moving to the state. The bill also directs the state Department of Justice to immediately assess the entire record of past convictions, not simply the last crime in their record, of out-of-state offenders who now reside in California and determine whether they need to register, too.

"This new law will help make everyone a little safer by ensuring out-of-state sex offenders are subject to the same sex offender registration requirements and are publicly known, as in-state offenders are," Corbett said. "This law makes it tougher for those who commit sex crimes in other states to hide in California."

Phillip Garrido is an example of an out-of state sex offender who moved to California and committed a sexual crime again. Without this important legislation, more offenders like Garrido could slip through the cracks and, in many cases, avoid registration when moving to California.

SB 622 received tremendous support, passing the Senate and several committees with unanimous votes. The legislation was co-authored by Sens. Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose), Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto), Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucaipa).

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