California returned thousands of pedophiles to streets after less than a year in jail, 'shocking' report finds

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Thousands of convicted pedophiles in California have been released back onto the streets after spending just months behind bars, a new report found.

A Daily Mail investigation, which examined a database of convicted sex offenders in California, found that there were more than 7,000 pedophiles convicted of "lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age," who were released from prison after serving less than one year.

Daily Mail senior reporter Josh Boswell, who broke the story, told Tucker Carlson on Tuesday that he had to bypass limitations on California's Megan's Law website to gather statistics on registered sex offenders in the state as the California Justice Department refused to provide him with the data.

"I wrote a bit of code to pull down some of that public information….we asked them to give us the data, but they refused," he said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," "so I had to write this script to put it together so I could show the public."

Megan’s Law is a federal law that requires law enforcement to make information on sex offenders available to the public. It was passed during the Clinton administration after the murder of New Jersey 7-year-old Megan Kanka in 1994.

Boswell said the results of his search were "quite shocking," pointing out specific examples of predators convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child who spent just months in prison, and in some cases, just two days behind bars.

One of the sex offenders who was returned to the streets less than a week after he was convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child now "lives one block from a daycare according to the database." Boswell said.

The investigation examined 54,986 sex offenders listed on the Megan’s Law website as of July 2019 and found 76% of the offenders committed crimes involving kids. The data was determined by comparing the published dates of a pedophile’s conviction versus their release date.

"There’s a sense that maybe there are a few people who haven’t really been convicted of anything super serious. Actually, there are 19,000 of the 55,000 that we saw who are convicted of this molesting under 14 [year olds.] These are serious offenses," Boswell said. "These are people that are spending a few months in prison for these really awful heinous crimes."... (Read more)