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Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growing

Support for the Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421) is growing both in the form of letters of support as well as a new co-author, Republican Senator Jeff Stone of San Diego.

“The growing support for the Tiered Registry Bill is evidence that it is time to stop the state’s lifetime registry for all,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “It is time for California to join 46 states in the nation through adoption of a tiered registry.”

Letters of support from law enforcement include letters from the CA Police Chiefs Association, the L.A. Deputy Sheriffs, the Riverside Sheriff’s Association, the CA College and University Police Chiefs Association and the L.A. County Professional Peace Officers Association. District attorneys who have formally supported the bill include L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

Letters of support from non-profit organizations include letters from the Tiered Registry Bill include the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL), the ACLU, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Root & Rebound and Equality California.

The Senate Public Safety Committee will consider the Tiered Registry Bill during its hearing on April 25. According to Senator Scott Wiener, the bill’s author and a Democrat from San Francisco, “California urgently needs a new registration system that focuses attention and resources on high risk and violent sex offenders.”
Los Angeles District Attorney stated in her letter, “California will greatly improve public safety by eliminating our current lifetime sex offender registration requirement.”

SB 421 Fact Sheet

Letters of Support

LA Law Enforcement Agencies SB 421 Support Letter
Nancy O’ Malley SB 421 Support Letter
SB 421 SCOPS
SB 421 Senate Public Safety Analysis
SB 421 Support Police Chiefs

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  1. MY TWO CENTS

    In the SB 421 SCOPS letter, it says that “[t]he tiers that would be created by SB 421 are based on seriousness of crime, risk of sexual reoffending, AND criminal history.” (“And” implying that -all three- factors are taken into consideration.)

    Yet SB 421 makes it possible for someone to be labeled “high risk,” and thus Tier 3, if a crime is non-violent, even if the person is a first-time offender and has been offense-free in the community for many years now. (Note: Tier 3 classification “if the person’s score on the static risk assessment instrument for sex offenders is high risk.)

    The SARATSO/Static 99 must be eliminated from this bill! If it has only been studied for periods of five-years in this state, then why is it being allowed to be the sole determinant in labeling a person ‘high risk’ and Tier 3 (without regard to subsequent offense-free behavior)?

    • matt

      I definitely don’t think using the Static 99 and SARATSO tools are right. Like what was said by Senator Wiener, the registry as is discriminates against gays. Same thing with the Static 99R and SARATSO: they add a point extra for having at least one male victim. Just as non contact and offenders 18 to 34 years old are given 2 extra points, gays will also be given more points. I feel quite a few of us will be put into Tier 3 solely because of having at least a 6 score. I hope this is fixed. By the way, I thought it was pretty cheap of Stone to change his mind the last minute lol.

      • PIA

        I for one being gay, Yes it is LAME that the static 99 says if my victim is male I get a BONUS point….

        What if the suspect of the crime is a female and the victim is a girl ?

        just lame homophobic person that made the static 99 !

        On another not im not sure what weiner (no pun intended ahha) means by it has a impact on the LGBT community…. ;( Wish I knew.

        • David Kennerly, the Entrenched Client

          An argument could be made that this represents a very good opportunity to challenge bad assumptions of the law (and others, such as the Static 99 fallacy, as a whole) AFTER it is enacted. In this way, the tiered registry does represent such an opportunity for further whittling away of the registration edifice, much like “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was a step towards full abolition of the ban on gays in the military.

          We already know that those having boy “victims” are treated worse, on balance (unless you’re a woman) but this law would give us a very well-defined target to actively challenge whereas now there is no Static 99 chink in their armor for us to attack.

          Imagine, we get this tiered registry passed and then we turn our attentions to the Static 99, as well as the bankrupt science of criminal risk prediction, as a whole. In other words, incremental but regular dismantlement of the Registry.

          This is what progress looks like.

  2. TiredAlready

    Thank you Janice. I sent my letters and will be there in spirit tomorrow. I truly believe this to be a big step in the right direction.

    • Jack

      Oh that’s never a good sign actually. He’s going to put something in the bill that shouldn’t be there. Be very careful of him Janice.

  3. NotLikingCA

    That’s a pretty solid lineup of support letters! Hope to hear 4/25 goes well.

    Also, I hope that this was a misquote: “The growing support for the Tiered Registry Bill is evidence that it is time to stop the state’s lifetime registry for all.”

  4. Bam Ward

    Thank you to everyone involved.

  5. Mary Devoy

    Marc Klaas Tweeted this Monday night:
    Headed to Sacto tomorrow to testify against SB421, which will gut #MegansLaw. 44K RSO’s will disappear from the public sex offender registry

    Be prepared to counter his fear and lies to the CA Legislature. He’ll say ANYTHING to get what he wants.
    Good luck.
    Mary

    • G4Change

      What a delusional little man. He’s finally going to realize just how outnumbered he is.

    • Nicholas Maietta

      Richard Allen Davis, who killed Polly Klaas was a Career Criminal. And that’s the point we’re trying to make here. If you are a 1 time offender whose crime is far in the past like my conviction is, then being on the registry means resources are spread thin for law enforcement. Had the list been small and focused on those who are likely to re-offend or commit new serious crimes, who knows, maybe Poly would still be alive today.

      I would flat out remind Mr. Klass that his daughter would likely still be alive if common sense like what this bill proposes, was applied then. Richard Allen Davis is absolutely not representative of the kind of people who are currently on the registry. I bet not even 1 current registrant fits the MO of Mr. Davis.

    • wonderin

      This registry would not have saved his daughter from a career criminal

      • Alex

        Sadly, I have to agree with you. Most people don’t even bother looking at the registry and are not really aware of people’s history in their community. And even if you are aware, there isn’t much you can do short of specifically telling your kids to stay away from that home and/or living in fear in your home and putting everything on lock down, with bars on Window. Short of bars on windows would not have prevented Davis from breaking into the home and kidnapping the Poly like he did.

      • Timmr

        Ditto.

  6. Anonymous Nobody

    So, a REPUBLICAN is now supporting this? Operating on the presumption that he actually thinks this will provide relief to us, this flies in the face of what the powers that be here have advocated, and I said was misguided: To vote for Democrats because the Republicans will never help us.

    As I said, the Democrats have been our worst enemies, they are the ones who forced this registration to go national, and the ones who have been in control of our State Legislature the entire time California registration has been made exponentially worse than imaginable. This has been bought to us by the Democrats.

    Pay no attention to party line when voting — you must research the people, as there are plenty of Republicans who actually stand on principle, and at least some of them believe in the principle of fair and humane treatment of people; they are not all like George Runner or Donald Trump, but it seems far, far too many Democrats are.

    Consider, we are now facing a Democratic Party that is complete dictatorial control of both houses of the Legislature, and with a Democrat as governor, and yet, we haven’t been able to get even so much as a fake tier bill through! How can you say the Democrats are automatically good for us? Too many here do not know or understand politics.

    • American Detained in America

      This actually backs up what I’ve been saying all along, that we can’t depend on Democrats to save us because, when it comes right down to it, they have proven time and time they are more than willing to throw us under the bus for their political gain. What we really need are people who are willing to look at this clearly and logically, who are willing to follow the U.S. Constitution even if it doesn’t fit in with their own personal views. In spite of what so many have said here, we need Constitutional Conservatives, meaning those who agree and more strictly agree with the U.S. Constitution. Democrats and Republicans alike have a history of redefining the Constitution to back up their own agenda, and neither approach will ever help us.

      • pedro

        well said my friend. I’m in strong agreement with your view.

      • Amol

        Scott Weiner is the author of the bill, he is a Democrat. And pretty progressive and part of the LGBT community. Today Republican Jeff Stone basically threw us under the bus, and voted no on the bill and spoke in opposition to it.

    • pedro

      ***** five stars to you my brother, well said. Even our last president stopped us from traveling international. The only way we will become a force in changing law, is coming together as a major political player. If a democrat is up for election, who is against us, vote in a republican and vice versa. If we do this just once it will yield an incredible power. The gay community is only 2% of the voting population they became a force together. At this point it’s them against us…By the way, Bill Clinton, should be on the registry!!! i would love to have the Clinton machine working for us!!!

    • Timmr

      Sorry, you are both wrong as is the author of this post. Senator Stone vehemently opposed this tiered registry bill.
      http://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stone-opposed-sb-421-which-would-remove-some-sex-offenders-states-public-database

    • Timmr

      His district is Indio, not San Diego

    • Timmr

      Senator Stone is also very pro law enforcement. I saw that last summer when he voted for increased punishment for felony sexual assualt (Brock Turner case) and the last internet exclusion removal bill. When I read above that he was coauthor of the bill, I assumed it was because of the support of certain law enforcment leaders turn his opinion. Not. He has no sympathy for any of us.

  7. Watch Senate Live Here

    Lake County

    You can watch live streaming video of both SB 26 and SB 421 from this Senate Page:
    http://senate.ca.gov/calendar
    Click on live streaming.
    Starts at 8:30am
    SB 26 is the first hearing.

    • Follow the $$$

      Anyone have an update on the hearing result?

    • K

      Thanks for the link. I was able to watch Sen. Stone’s courage desert him.

      • Follow the $$$

        Yep. I think he played everyone. Comes out initially in support as a co-author so he can seem reform minded then after hearing the testimony of Moulton and Klass just can’t bring himself to vote aye. What’s a shame is that neither Klass nor Moulton had a convincing argument other than “won’t somebody think of the children”. I completely understand their emotional attachment to the issue but it blinds them from ever seeing any reform as positive or necessary.

  8. David

    😮 The Bill is now co-authored by Sen. Jeff Stone (Republican!)!? Wow, that should be very strong boost for this Bill’s passage! Excellent news! 😀

  9. mike r

    this part is one of the concerns along with the petition for removal and the adding of people that are not on the registry..especially when they state in the very next paragraph that having a public registry has not been effective in deterring future crimes…

    “Law enforcement cannot protect the community effectively when they are in the office doing monthly or annual paperwork for low risk offenders. Instead, they should be active in the community monitoring high risk offenders. ”

    that active in the community could mean a lot of problems for those individuals when there is no evidence to support the conclusion that those people need heightened scrutiny or harassment without any public safety being enhanced. I guess we’ll have to see how it goes….this is going to help a lot of people but it could negatively effect a large number of people as well. I commend Janice and team for pushing this bill as they are sincerely trying to help lets just hope all these other characters are acting in good faith as well…

  10. Mark

    I am proud to be a part of today’s historic event. I sat next to a woman who wa

  11. Mark

    I AM HERE, I AM PROUD, AND TO ALL THOSE WHO SEE LIFE IN THE NEGATIVE, WE ARE WINNING THIS BATTLE! More later.

  12. NotLikingCA

    I’ve never voted for a Republican after getting a college degree, but it shouldn’t be surprising that some Republicans could be swayed on a bill like this — law enforcement often favors it, lower costs/burdens for the state and local governments, etc.

    The only way the bill works is if it can be presented as being helpful to law enforcement. People who live in fantasy land and then that a fairy is going to sprinkle pixie dust on our state/country and decide that this is a human rights issue and nobody should be on a registry are never going to be satisfied, because that is not happening in the foreseeable future.

    But, what could happen in the foreseeable future, is that some RSOs begin to experience some relief because politicians become convinced that law enforcement can protect communities better if they have fewer names to keep an eye on and have to spend less money complying with regulations.

    In a world where that argument is made, then improvements can happen.

    And, seriously, I really hope Sex offenders stop comparing themselves to oppressed minorities of the past. Being born with black skin, for example, is NOT the same thing as committing a sex crime. You might think that the argument holds, but the argument will not be persuasive to most people.

  13. Jc

    It passed public safety committee!

  14. Lake County

    SB 421 just passed the Committee! We had an amazing number of supporters show up.
    It was mentioned by this committee that it was also time to consider reducing the number of offenses that can get a person on the registry. It was also repeatedly mentioned by most that the CA registry is broken. They made it clear that they did not want removal to be automatic and that the petitioning process is a safety measure that makes it easier to vote in favor of this bill. And Mark Klass did show up and speak against this Bill.

    • Matt

      I am amazed that the bill has made it this far. Now the trick is to watch for the amendments that are sure to be attempted. If passed as written, I would be able to petition to be removed from the registry at the same time I would have been able to seek a COR. I am not clear on whether a COR would still be available to me or not, but I live in a county very near you, and I don’t hold out hope that I will receive either, even though my offense was “low key” and tier 1. I also expect others to challenge this if it does become law. I guess we will just have to wait and see, but the tide appears to be turning, albeit slowly. Watch for those amendments though. They could ruin anything good about this bill, and add a lot of bad.

      • MY TWO CENTS

        That’s one of the dangers with this bill. With the victim advocates seemingly aware, they can lobby to make offenses categorized into higher tiers (such as Tier 1 offenses into Tier 2 or even Tier 3). They might also try to make the petitioning process even more difficult. Or give more power to the Static/SARATSO tools?

        I hope we are wrong though. The fact Jeff Stone went from co-author to dissenter in a matter of a few days was a bit hilarious though. Typical Republican? Or are all politicians like that?

        • Follow the $$$

          All politicians. They ride a wave of populism. Which is why 30 years of liberal monopoly on the Assembly and Senate have produced only harsher and harsher registry laws. Dems or Repubs just care what gets them reelected. Which is why Weiner and his colleagues who support this are so brave (for politicians)

        • Thoughtasweak

          CALCASA is part of CASOMB, who helped to create the proposed bill. They are in full agreement that registrants should be able to be removed from the registry when they have completed their time.

          In fact, many victims don’t like the registry. They see the registry as harmful and actually dissuades many from reporting the crime.

    • Harry

      Mark Klass and most like him, are becoming as clanging symbols, which, are annoying.

      • Nondescript

        These media prone parents of murdered children, while I have empathy for their loss, are suffering from obsession which morphs into something quite morbid in my opinion. They are seduced into channeling their hatred for the perpetrator onto a straw-man and making a career of it. When are they going to realize they are keeping themselves in a very negative, unhealthy mindset. Well, at least one of them finally caught on.

  15. CA

    So SB 421 passes with amendments……..

  16. David

    On its face, this is very good news. The Devil will be in the details. 😈

  17. USA

    Wonderful to hear about the support! I can recall registering in Long Beach for 1 year (long story). They where very professional, courteous and I can recall speaking to one of the detectives when I moved (expunged battery/informal probation). He was surprised I was still required to register and he wished me luck and call anytime! In OC, they are rather rude/seem to have it out for you and when I’ve ran into them for compliance checks (they have been out 3-4 times annually), they pretend not to know the answer when I have a question? Things need to change!

  18. Aero1

    I don’t get it so it passed what ?? what happens now is it official ???

    • Alex

      No. It now has to go through another committee where amendments can be made. If it passes that, it goes to the house for a vote. If it passes that, it’ll then be on the governors desk to be signed into law or vetoed.

      It’s very difficult to pass any law. Every year hundreds or thousands of bills are introduced with only a handful actually becoming law.

    • Anon

      We have a ways to go. First, we just passed the Senate Public Safety Committee. Now we have to pass through the full Senate. Then it goes to the Assembly Public Safety Committee, and then to the full Assembly. Then on to the Governor. Now that we have some Republican support (the libertarian element), we have some cover for moderate Democrats. I think there is about a 50-50 chance it will become law, but it is also possible that it will come with unwelcome amendments.

  19. Janice Bellucci

    The Senate Public Safety Committee today passed the Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)! In addition, more committee members joined as co-authors of the bill!! A full article regarding the hearing will be posted very soon. This is a momentous event made possible by 47 people who testified in support of the bill.

    • wb

      great job to the 47 people who went and were heard in favor of this bill,, also good work Janice ,, your the best

    • Not Really

      Thank you. Not only have you done fantastic legal work, but you made it possible for others to speak out by following your example. You’re an ice breaker.

      I do wonder about the publication of criminal history. Will that be an expansion of all criminal history, like drug abuse?

    • Harry

      There is another accomplishment that can not be overlooked. It is the education value of truth because of the standing-up, speaking-up and showing-up.

  20. mike r

    ya and what’s this arbitrary date of 2019? any other bills against us take effect immediately and are usually retro so we have to wait until 2019 for anything to happen….

  21. Nondescript

    Is there a link to the video of today’s hearing on 26 and 421?

  22. Janice Bellucci

    Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill

    The Senate Public Safety Committee passed the Tiered Registry Bill (Senate Bill 421) in a hearing during which three members of the Committee agreed to co-author the bill. The bill is now co-authored by Committee Chair Sen. Nancy Skinner as well as Committee Members Holly Mitchell and Joel Anderson.

    During the hearing, a total of 47 people spoke in favor the Tiered Registry Bill including representatives from the ACLU, Equality California, Root & Rebound and the Friends Committee.

    “Today’s victory is based in large part upon the registrants and family members who spoke today in support of the Tiered Registry Bill,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.

    Prior to the vote, Sen. Scott Wiener noted that a “broad coalition of law enforcement enthusiastically support a tiered registry.” He also added that the state’s sex offender registry has had “a huge negative impact on the LGBT community.”

    Sen. Mitchell noted during the hearing that no individual or organization had spoken in opposition to the Tiered Registry Bill prior to the hearing despite the fact that the language of the bill has been available since February. She added that “now is the time for a tiered registry bill” to be passed.

    Also during the hearing, the Committee Chair revealed that she is the survivor of sexual abuse. Sen. Skinner added that the Tiered Registry Bill provides a type of reform that is “greatly needed.”

    Two people spoke in opposition to the bill — Mark Klaas and Mika Moulton — by arguing that the Tiered Registry Bill would help registrants, but harm victims. Both Klaas and Moulton are parents of young children who were murdered.

    Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, who also chairs the CA Sex Offender Management Board, testified in favor SB 421. She spoke of an 80-year-old man who exposed himself when he was 19 years old and has never re-offended. “He asked me to help him get off the registry, but I had to tell him that although I am the District Attorney, I could not help him because state law currently requires him to register for the rest of his life.”

    Five of the Committee members voted in favor of SB 421 — Skinner, Wiener, Mitchell, Jackson and Bradford. Sen. Jeff Stone was the only committee member to vote in opposition of the bill while Sen. Joel Anderson was absent when the vote was taken.

    The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to consider SB 421 next month.

  23. mike r

    this is a momentous occasion that Janice and team and everyone who helped should be celebrated for their involvement to get this passed. although its not perfect and we all hope it doesn’t hurt more than it helps I believe Janice did this in good faith..break open the champagne and celebrate you deserve it….

  24. Dave

    I attended the Committee hearing on 4/25/17. My observations:
    1. Senator Jeff Stone strongly opposed SB 421 (~”he would not be able to find one voter in his district that would support it!”)
    2. Senator Scott Weiner, SB 421 author, stated that Senator Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) who was not in attendance had expressed interest in becoming a co-author.
    Conclusion: I think the ACSOL notice contains a small misstatement.

    • G4Change

      ”he would not be able to find one voter in his district that would support it!”

      What an exaggerated steaming pile of you-know-what!!!!!!!!

      • Curiouser

        Yes, Senator Stone, that may be true (although more than likely your statement is mere political hyperbole, so you can look tough on RSOs in front of your voters). But isn’t this why you ARE the elected official? To be the calm voice of reason that is heard above the maddening crowd? To calm their irrational fears with rational thought? To reassure the huddled masses that all will be well, that stranger danger is a myth, and the “high and frightening” recidivism rate is a fallacy?

        See, we KNOW the public is easily led by media lies and hype. They are swayed by TV shows, movies, and horrible people like John Walsh and John Walsh-Lite (Klaas), who have created their own relevancy by standing on the graves of their innocent children. That’s why we have YOU, our elected official, to be the beckon of light in the pitch-dark night. You’re the one we need to stand tall against the hysteria, to tell the truth about the registry, those banished to it, and where the REAL danger comes from.

        Or not.

  25. dohow

    I don’t want to speculate, but why did Sen Jeff Stone choose to become co-author and later vote against the bill?

  26. NotLikingCA

    If I had to guess, he co-authored the bill and this his constituents gave him hell for it and so he not only needed to abandon it, but had to speak out against it to save face. That’s how representative governments work and it is why it is important that our voices are heard, too.

    • Nondescript

      ….. and, eject himself from his seat and make a dash for the door in an unstatesmanlike manner as soon as he gave a muffled, disgusted “no” vote. How bizarre was that.
      He shouldn’t be co- authoring bills unless he reads them first.

  27. Mark

    Very few who are in a position of power to change the laws adversely affecting those on the registry, do so because they are empathetic with how our lives, and our families lives, are devastated way beyond the sentences imposed by the courts. It is those who zealously stand up for us using empirical evidence and the Constitution – instead of public sentiment – who have ultimately convinced the politicians, District Attorneys, law enforcement and many others, to acknowledge that the registry system is broken. The pendulum of public opinion has reached it’s apex and reality is replacing theoretical possibilities. We should all be grateful for what transpired today as it was a very good day! Thank you Janice and the whole team!

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