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Law's high cost

August 13, 2008

Re "Jessica's Law not working as intended," Aug. 11

The unintended consequences of bad law are beginning to show, as was predicted. The statistics in The Times indicate a recidivism rate of 3%, one of the lowest for all crimes -- and not the 50% touted to pass the law. Yet state Sen. George Runner continues his scare tactics without regard to financial or human cost. He says 70% of voters approved the measure. Sure they did, based on his baloney statistics. I guess we can thank him for making us less safe by adding to the homeless population.

Sex crimes are horrible, but a failure to understand that most of these crimes are committed by family members or persons known by the victim does little or nothing to improve our safety.

Bob Driscoll

Woodland Hills

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