The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) has released a 7-minute video that dispels many myths regarding registrants and replaces those myths with facts. The video includes on-camera statements from CASOMB members including representatives of the California Department of Justice, the Los Angeles Police Department and treatment providers.
According to the video, not all registrants are the same and the majority of registrants are “very unlikely” to commit a subsequent sex offense. In fact, the rate of re-offense for low-level offenders is less than one percent.
The video also highlights the fact California is only 1 of 4 states that requires all individuals convicted of a sex offense to register for a lifetime. This requirement results in barriers to housing, employment and social relationships but does not increase public safety.
According to the video, treating all registrants the same doesn’t work and is too expensive. The video advocates instead the effective use of government resources including individual assessments of registrants.
The video also includes statements from individuals who have survived a sexual offense. According to one of the survivors, she would prefer that government resources focus upon long-term prevention and healing.