Posted by Richard Willet Posted on 19 May 2020

Oakland Puts Entire City at Risk by Suspending Sex Offender Registrations Over COVID-19

Alameda County in California has a population of 1.6 million people, many of whom have been denying stay at home orders, going to the beach and other places. Most of those 1.6 million people have also been shopping in grocery stores and exposing themselves to others for months during the lockdown. However, out of this 1.6 million, there have been only 2,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday. In the entire state of California, hospital bed occupancy is at less than 10% capacity. If we look at the numbers alone, officials are losing the case for maintaining a total lockdown. Nevertheless, officials keep making brash decisions, especially when it comes to child rapists and other sex offenders.

Due to the “threat of coronavirus” in Oakland, officials in California made the decision to close down the registry unit where many of the city’s sex offenders are required to check in every month.

As Fox News reports, now the city of Oakland has no up-to-date addresses or other important information on hundreds of offenders – particularly transient sex offenders – raising concerns from victims’ advocates and offenders who are trying to register alike.

“We’ve put a whole population at risk and I find that very, very concerning,” said Nina Salarno-Besselman, an attorney with Crime Victims United, a public safety and victims’ advocacy group that fought to pass California’s Megan’s Law in the 1990s.

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