Father of Amber DuBois Backs Distinctive ID's for Sex Offenders

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LONG BEACH -- The father of a 14-year-old murder victim Amber DuBois is backing legislation that would require marked driver's licenses for registered sex offenders in California.

Assemblymen Pedro Nava and Paul Cook say their bill would require sex offenders to carry the driver's license or other government-issued identification card when they leave home.

It may include a distinctive stripe or color.

Maurice DuBois announced his support Tuesday afternoon at a news conference in Long Beach.

His daughter, Amber, vanished while walking to school in February 2009.

Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III was sentenced to life in prison this month for killing Amber and 17-year-old Chelsea King.

DuBois says any reform to the system to keep a tighter grasp on sexual predators, "is what we need."

He notes that Gardner had only served five years in prison for beating and molesting a 13-year-old neighbor girl before he was released and committed even more violent crimes.

"My child was killed by a proven sexual predator. He was on the streets. These people will harm again and every crime they do is more significant and easier to do than the last," DuBois said.

Speaking of his daughter's killer, John Gardner, "Moe" DuBois said, "Did he fall through the cracks? Oh yeah. He fell through the cracks 100 times. Does he know how to work the system? Most predators do."

DuBois has joined forces with a couple state lawmakers to push for reforms in the criminal justice system in California.Assembly-members Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) and Paul Cook (R-Yucaipa) are on board.

In addition to the special driver's licenses for sex offenders, the bills call for the creation of a "California Missing Child Rapid Response Team." The group of experts would assist local police agencies.

And backers want better training for police officers for quick, effective responses to reports of missing children.The people behind this bipartisan effort say the proposals are not a cure-all, but consider them added measures of safety.

Moe DuBois says, "Any reform of the current system to make it better, stricter, harder for these predators to be on our streets, is what we need."

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