Tom Ammiano
California's sex-offender registry shouldn't be one-size-fits-all

To the editor: It's time to apply logic to the registry of those convicted of sex offenses. ("State laws on sex offenders should not be crafted by emotion," editorial, March 29) In 2013, then-Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced AB 702, which would define a three-tiered sex offender registration system, ending a lifetime sentence for registrants who do not pose current harm to society. It was estimated that the registry would increase public safety and save about $115 million annually. As The Times' editorial board notes, most registered individuals will not re-offend. But the registry also includes those who pose a current significant harm to...