Most registered sex offenders report severe difficulty finding any meaningful employment or affordable housing.Forced homelessness and destitution seems to have become society’s way of exacting revenge on registered sex offenders – perhaps the most misunderstood and despised segment of the population.
California Penal Code 290 In 1947, California became the first state in the country to enact a statewide sex offender law to monitor the location of convicted sex offenders.
In 1994, the federal Wetterling Act took effect, which requires every state to maintain a sex offender registry.
Registry laws were amended by Congress in 1996 when it adopted Megan’s Law, which requires law enforcement agencies to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders.
Penal Code Section 290 lists the crimes that require sex offender registration, which include rape, indecent exposure, and sex offenses involving minors.
Registration can also be required for crimes not listed under Section 290 if the crime was sexually motivated (See California Penal Code Section 290.006).