A little while ago I wrote a post about the gun offender registry in Baltimore. I made fun of the idea that there would be other criminal registries coming soon. Turns out I wasn’t as funny as I thought.
Now California is jumping on that train with a domestic violence registry!
Here are some excerpts from the Ledger.
The lawmaker, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, the San Francisco Democrat who is the majority whip, introduced a bill last week to create an online database of men and women convicted of domestic violence in California.
The database would log the names of domestic violence offenders convicted of a felony or two misdemeanors, dates of birth, locations of convictions and other information. Unlike public registers of sex offenders, the database would not list addresses. It would, however, indicate how to obtain a restraining order.
First of all, I am not an advocate for domestic violence in any way. But how far is this going to go? This will be populated with misdemeanors as well as felony convictions. Do we really give up all of our rights when we are arrested for something?