A staggering 122 registered sex offenders live here, in a small, blue-collar city in northern California that has suddenly found itself at the centre of an international media storm. More than 100 of them – 102, to be precise – live in the compact zip-code area containing the suburb that Jaycee Lee’s alleged kidnapper, Philip Craig Garrido, called home.
“If you look at maps that show where offenders are actually able to live under Jessica’s Law, there’s almost nowhere in the whole of Los Angeles and San Francisco where they can now legally settle,” Mr Risher adds. “Everywhere is within 2,000 feet of a park or school. So they all end up in places like Antioch.”
The article describes that part of Antioch as being filled with meth and crack, with foreclosures and unemployment rising fast. Small police departments just don’t have the resources to keep track of all the registered sex offenders.
There is little evidence that [Jessica’s Law] works. Many police forces say it has the opposite effect: stretching resources and doing nothing to prevent paedophiles travelling to commit crimes.
The San Jose Mercury News says some of the Antioch stats are actually from unincorporated areas and thus the report is a bit suspect. But still, the current laws mean sex offenders can’t live in big cities so they have to live somewhere…