The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) discussed during today’s meeting that CASOMB and other co-sponsors of the Tiered Registry Bill (Senate Bill 695) are poised to request changes be made to that bill. The changes include no lifetime registration for juveniles, the addition of time limits for decisions by district attorneys and local law enforcement and a rolling system of dates when individuals can petition for removal from the registry. The requests are expected to be made prior to April 18 when the bill will be considered by the Senate Public Works Committee.
As currently written, SB 695 would require some juveniles to register for a lifetime. The co-sponsors of the bill are recommending that juvenile registration be limited to 5, 10 or 15 years depending upon the tiered in which they are placed. As currently written, SB 695 has no time limits for district attorneys to object to petitions for removal and local law enforcement to determine eligibility. The co-sponsors will recommend limits of 30 to 60 days. Finally, as currently written SB 695 allows individuals to petition at any time during the year in which they become eligible. The co-sponsors will recommend that registrants must wait until the month of their birthday to submit a petition for removal.
In addition to discussing SB 695, the CASOMB reported that there are now 104,123 registrants on the state’s registry including 6,372 who are transients and 1,561 who are in violation for failure to register. The state also has 5,889 registrants on parole who are required to wear GPS devices. According to CASOMB, these numbers indicate a continued slow growth of registrants in the state.