An unintended casualty of California’s criminal justice realignment of 2011, which shifted low-level criminals from state to county custody to relieve prison overcrowding, was a program that allowed juvenile offenders who did well on parole to erase their records that could follow them for the rest of their lives.
The apparently unintended repeal of the rehabilitation program was disclosed Thursday by a state appeals court in San Jose in the case of a young South Bay man seeking to clear a record that now subjects him to lifetime registration as a sex offender. The court urged legislators to remedy the oversight by either restoring the previous program or expressly eliminating it.
“Sorting out the conflict is a task for the Legislature, not the courts,” said Presiding Justice Conrad Rushing in the 3-0 decision.
Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose office argued successfully against court intervention in the case, is open to discussing revisions in the law, her top aide said Friday.
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