Democratic Assemblywoman Judy Chu says the goal of her measure is to better coordinate efforts between state agencies and local governments when sex offenders are released. She says the subject has been the focus of several pieces of legislation but consolidation is needed.
“Each is chipping at a little aspect of the problem but none of these bills are looking at the problem as a whole… it’s great that people are trying to deal with the problem but it’s just a piecemeal approach.”
The bill would create a fifteen-member advisory board, funded by federal grants. Its appointed members would include probation officers and licensed mental health professionals. Chu says her bill is based on a similar board in Colorado and a program in San Diego County. The measure will be heard in the Senate Public Safety committee.