Criminal Law

Chelsea’s Law Goes Into Effect: Coming Down Hard on the Worst Child Molesters

As it says in his press release, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Chelsea’s Law, effective immediately, “to better protect California children from violent sexual predators.”

Specifically, the press release indicates that Chelsea’s Law will do the following:

  • Enact a one-strike, life without parole sentencing option for the most dangerous sexual offenders;
  • Increase sentences for forcible sex crimes;
  • Increase parole terms for those who target children under age 14;
  • Restrict sex offenders from entering parks;
  • Require sex offenders’ risk assessment scores be made public; and
  • Revise California’s mentally disordered offender laws to provide for continued detention of offenders in certain circumstances and offer ongoing treatment to paroled sex offenders deemed eligible for rehabilitation.

The San Francisco Chronicle explains that Chelsea’s Law generally “aims to tailor sentences and parole terms to specific crimes, instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach.”

For coverage of Chelsea’s Law and related issues, check out CEB’s new book California Criminal Sentencing Enhancements, chaps 10-11 (Cal CEB 2010) to be published November 2010 and now available at a prepublication discount price.

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