Brent King, whose daughter was killed by a California sex offender, believes that such people are incurable and should be put away for life. Opponents of the proposed law say that treatment, research, and sentences based on better risk assessments – rather than a blanket approach – are more effective and won't further prison crowding, says the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“This isn't to diminish the pain and suffering of victims of crime. However, theirs should not be the only concern the legislature should have,” said David Warren of Taxpayers for Improving Public Safety, a Sacramento lobby that urges alternatives to building more prisons and extending sentences. “An advocate for the most despicable is just as important to a democratic society as an advocate who is a white knight,” he said. The opponents are not carrying the day in Sacramento. Chelsea's Law enjoys support from the Democratic Assembly speaker and the Republican governor and passed its first committee without opposition last week. Concerns raised by opponents may ultimately help shape the measure, especially when it's viewed through the lens of the state's battered budget.