The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) made a formal presentation to the CA Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) during the board’s monthly meeting on January 19. In its presentation, ACSOL notified CASOMB that it would lobby on both the tiered registry bill and Senate Bill 26.
ACSOL told CASOMB that while the organization supports the concept of a tiered registry, it has several serious concerns about the draft tiered registry bill. One of those concerns is the amount of discretion provided to district attorneys to stop the petition of an individual eligible to be removed from the registry. Another concern is the lack of opportunity for individuals assigned to Tier 3 to be removed from the registry. While some CASOMB members agreed with those concerns, others stated the board would not agree to those changes because the coalition which drafted the bill (consisting of district attorneys and law enforcement officials) would not support them.
ACSOL also told CASOMB that the organization opposes Senate Bill 26 because it would prohibit all registrants from visiting all school campuses for all reasons. The organization’s opposition has also been expressed in the form of two lawsuits challenging similar policies adopted by Fontana and Grossmont Unified School Districts.
Also during the meeting, CASOMB reported that there are currently 104,145 individuals listed on the state’s registry of which 6,830 are transients. Of that total, there are 6,368 individuals on parole.
Finally, CASOMB reported on the tiered registry bill stating that the bill is expected to be introduced as early as next week. The board estimates that the bill would result in about 24,000 individuals being assigned to Tier 1, about 64,000 individuals being assigned to Tier 2 and about 8,000 individuals being assigned to Tier 3. Individuals assigned to Tiers 1 and 2 would be eligible to petition for removal from the registry although individuals assigned to Tier 3 would continue to register for life.
In addition to individuals eligible to petition for removal, the California Department of Justice would automatically terminate the requirement to register for about 11,000 individuals convicted of an offense prior to 1987 provided they had registered for at least 10 years.