Although the tiered registry bill has not yet been introduced in the state legislature, members of the CA Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) discussed today possible significant revisions to that bill. The deadline for the bill to be introduced is Friday, February 17.
First, CASOMB recommends that the bill be revised to allow some, but not all, individuals assigned to Tier 3 to petition for removal from the registry after 20 years. This opportunity would be limited to individuals whose offenses are Tier 1 or Tier 2 offenses, but who are considered high risk. The decision whether to allow removal would be made by a Superior Court judge.
Second, CASOMB recommends that no juvenile be required to register for a lifetime. Instead, juveniles would be required to register for 5, 10 or 15 years depending upon their tier level.
In addition to the two significant changes, CASOMB will request three clarifications in the tiered registry bill. The first clarification is that anyone convicted of either PC 269 or 288.7 would be placed in Tier 3. The second clarification is that juveniles would not be listed on the Megan’s Law website regardless of the offense for which they were convicted. The third clarification is that anyone convicted only once of PC 647.6 would be placed in Tier 1, however, anyone convicted of multiple PC 647.6 offenses would be moved to Tier 2.
The CASOMB recommendations and clarifications are expected to be discussed next week with the bill’s sponsor, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Also during the meeting, a CASOMB member reported that there are currently 104,027 registrants. Of that total, there are 6,385 registrants listed as transients which is 55 fewer people than last month. That number may or may not be attributed to the recent repeal of residency restrictions in several cities in southern California.