SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today directed the Sex Offender Management Board to review the John Albert Gardner case to determine where systemic changes or improvements can be made to better protect the public.
“We must learn from what happened in this case to make sure the public is protected from sexual predators,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I have asked the Sex Offender Management Board to review this case and recommend what policy changes or improvements need to be made to make our communities as safe as possible.”
Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1015 in 2006 creating the Sex Offender Management Board. The Board was tasked with bringing together stakeholders in the management of sex offenders to assess the current practices in managing adult sex offenders under supervision, identify best practices and make recommendations to the legislature on how to implement these changes. The 17 member Board includes representatives from the Department of Justice, Department of Mental Health, victims groups, local governments and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The Board serves as a resource for the Governor and the legislature to review and help address issues, concerns and problems related to the community management of the state’s adult sex offenders, with a goal of safer communities and reduced victimization.