The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) discussed the Tiered Registry Bill and registrant statistics during its monthly meeting today. The discussion included a detailed account of the history of the Tiered Registry Bill as well as its future.
Dan Felizzatto, the lead lobbyist for the Los Angeles District Attorney (DA), who was the bill’s sponsor, led today’s discussion. The lobbyist stated that the bill is the result of a “team effort” that included a diverse group including law enforcement, victims rights groups, Equality California and the ACLU. He noted that the bill began in January as Senate Bill 695 with Senator Ricardo Lara as its author. When Sen. Lara declined to move the bill forward, Sen. Wiener agreed to author Senate Bill 421, which had many of the same provisions. That version of the bill was stopped, however, on September 1 when the Appropriations Committee failed to release it from its Suspense File.
According to Felizzatto, the Governor persuaded the Appropriations Committee to resurrect the bill in the form of Senate Bill 384. As part of that agreement, Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, chair of the Appropriations Committee, drafted new language which assigned most, but not all, offenses involving a minor on Tier 3.
CASOMB member Janet Neeley clarified that those convicted of PC 288(a) will be assigned to Tier 2. She estimated that up to 50 percent of the registrants in California have been convicted of that offense.
Felizzatto conceded that the bill assigns anyone convicted of a child pornography offense — including possession, distribution and/or production — to Tier 3. He added that he expects there to be an opportunity in 2019 to revise that part of the bill.
The Governor has not yet signed the Tiered Registry Bill, however he has publicly stated his support for the bill. The deadline for the Governor’s approval is October 15.
Also during today’s meeting, CASOMB member Brenda Crowding of the CA Dept. of Corrections stated that there are a total of 5,745 registrants on parole. Of that total, there are 2,936 parolees considered to be high risk. CASOMB member Neeley stated that there are a total of 105,122 registrants in California. Of that total, there are 76,228 in the community (not incarcerated). In addition, she stated that there are 16,359 registrants in violation and 6,557 registrants who are transients.