The California Sex Offender Management (CA SOMB) published today its Year End Report for 2015. The #1 recommendation in that report is creation of a tiered registry. The other recommendations are to limit the use of residency restrictions, continue to fund sex offender risk assessments, bridge gaps in what is known about registrants, encourage collaboration between victim advocates and sex offender management professionals and continue use of polygraphs.
“We are encouraged to see that CA SOMB continues to support a tiered registry,” stated CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci. “Support from the state legislature, however, will be required to make such a registry a reality.”
According to the Year End Report, CA SOMB recommends a three-tiered registry that would allow some registered citizens to be automatically removed from the registry after 10 or 20 years provided that they have not re-offended. Those who would be removed after 10 years include those convicted of a low level offense and are assessed to be a low risk to re-offend. Those who would be removed after 20 years include those assessed to have a moderate risk to re-offend. Individuals who have committee specified crimes, multiple crimes or assessed to be at a high risk to re-offend would continue to register for a lifetime.
“Tiering would achieve considerable fiscal savings by discontinuing the monitoring of those thousands of registrants who pose a negligible threat to community safety after 10 or 20 years,” according to the CA SOMB report (page 3). The report also notes that California is 1 of only 4 states in the nation that requires lifetime registration for all sex offenders.
According to the Year End Report, there were 74,018 registrants in the community in December 2015. In addition, there were 22,417 in custody and an additional 8,208 on community supervision.