The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) decided at its meeting on November 20 to support a draft tiered registry bill that includes the termination of registration requirements for some registered citizens after 10, 20 and 30 years of their conviction while continuing lifetime registration for others. The text of the draft bill has not yet been released to the public but its contents were discussed during the CASOMB meeting.
According to discussions at the meeting, the bill would designate registered citizens as Tier 1 (10 year), Tier 2 (20 year) and Tier 3 (lifetime) based upon factors including original offense and whether there was a re-offense. Tier 1 registrants would include those convicted of a misdemeanor offense while Tier 2 registrants would include those convicted of some felony offenses. Tiered 3 registrants would include those convicted of one or more serious, violent felonies. The bill would also terminate registration requirements for those who were convicted more than 30 years ago, have not reoffended and have registered for at least 10 years.
“CASOMB has taken an important step toward creation of a tiered registry in California,” stated CA RSOL President Janice Bellucci. “There are many more steps to be taken, including introduction of the bill in early 2015.”
There are currently 102,021 registered citizens in California today, according to the California Department of Justice (DOJ). Of that total, 74,132 are “in community” and the remainder are incarcerated. Also of that total, there are 6,692 homeless registered citizens who are listed as “transients”.
The total number of registered citizens includes about 18,600 people who were convicted prior to 1997 and have not committed a subsequent sex offense. If the bill is passed, most of these individuals would be removed from the registry by the California DOJ. Those who would not be removed include anyone designated as a sexually violent predator.
“There is something for everyone to love and something for everyone to hate in this bill,” stated CASOMB board member Janet Neeley. Other board members quipped that it must therefore be a good bill.
CASOMB designated Neeley as the board’s point person on the bill as it makes it way to and through the state legislature.