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CA: California will soon end lifetime registration of some sex offenders under bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown

[L.A. Times]

Thousands of Californians will be allowed to take their names off the state’s registry of sex offenders as a result of action Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown signed legislation that, when it takes effect Jan. 1, will end lifetime listings for lower-level offenders judged to be at little risk of committing new crimes.

The measure was introduced at the request of Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and other law enforcement officials who said the registry, which has grown to more than 105,000 names, is less useful to detectives investigating new sex crimes because it is so bulky.

“California’s sex offender registry is broken, which undermines public safety,” said Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who introduced the bill. “SB 384 refocuses the sex offender registry on high-risk offenders and treats low-level offenders more fairly.”

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  1. Jm

    And by January 1st, we mean January 1st, 2021.

    • jtc3

      Yeah Jim, all these articles are put out to reach the Deadlines of their Pub. NOT ONE have we read that is FULLY Correct to date. I know he just signed it and beat the 15 of Oct. deadliine, but, GET THEIR FACTS STRAIGHT, right? Prob. not even effect until BDay 2022 according to conf. calls??? Correct me Someone.
      One paper even stated kids under 10 not 14 as it is written. Atleast it is a start. Won’t help my husband,
      after 33 yrs. you’d think most people have been punished enough! And that’s post Parole. I know the many that are on here including the one that called AlCo’s DA office and he was 80’s wanting to get off it.
      We will see what REALLY HAPPENS and HOW MANY will be denied or allowed, depending on DA an Judge!!

      • Fedup

        10 years after release from prison includes my 3 years on parole right?

        • Jerry

          Yes. When you registered after your release that would be the original registration date.

  2. someone who cares

    I have a somewhat complicated question and maybe NPS or others from California can try to answer it. My fiancé would be eligible to apply for a COR in January, 2021. Per recordgone, the COR could take up to 5 or 6 months due to the overload of cases. Would it be wise and worth the money to pursue the COR prior to the July 1, 2021 Tiered Registry going into effect? What if the process is started but goes beyond July 1st? I know that with the Tiered Registry, there will be no more COR, but what if you already started the process prior to it going into effect? I am not really sure if anyone without a law degree can even answer this, and even a lawyer might be stumped? Any suggestions, though, are appreciated as always.

    • NPS

      The CoR isn’t going away. The new last says that a person granted a CoR after July 1, 2021 will not be relieved of the duty to register. This is PC 4852.03(a) paragraph B. You are right to be concerned because the law says GRANTED after July 1, 2021. It’s not about the timing of the filing. It’s ridiculous that they’re taking away the relief from registration just like they did with 1203.4.

      A CoR can be worthwhile for the ability to get a license for whatever employment that requires one. If your loved one is eligible in January 2021, it’d be wise to start looking for a lawyer now and retain one no later than June 2020 just to get everything ready to file in Jan 2021; then wait for the court date.

      I don’t buy Record Gone’s claim that it takes six months. I would think it depends on the county if there is an overload of cases. Besides, Record Gone made this same claim about expungements, too. When I filed mine, I was given a court date 30 days out and judge’s decision to grant was on the day of my hearing.

      Even if anyone’s eligibility isn’t until after July 2021, still go for the CoR (if you meet the eligibility criteria); though it would probably be best to petition for registry removal first then get the CoR.

      My CoR eligibility is July 2020; a full year before the tiered registry is in effect. My pursuit of the CoR is two-fold. Removal from the registry and the chance to be a licensed attorney. I’m taking the BAR exam in 2022.

      • someone who cares

        Thanks NPS ~ I like record gone as far as being able to get a hold of them, and them responding in a timely manner, but I get what you are saying. They are also pushing their expedited service, which I was told was not necessary. The expedited service would have your name come off many websites after expungement. There is another record clearing company in our area, and they always said that those companies that claim you should sign up for their expedited service are not honest. Website are required by law to remove your name after an expungement has been granted. With that said, I am still a little unclear about the COR after the Tiered Registry goes into effect. I was under the assumption that a COR in its current form won’t be available any longer and you will need to petition to get removed. So, if we start the COR process prior to 2021 but it is not granted before July 1, 2021, will it just get denied and we would be asked to petition for removal after 10 years (which I am somewhat sure he will be in Tier 1). The 10 years won’t be up until 2024 in this case. Really confusing.

        • NPS

          I’ll start with a disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer (I am only studying law and preparing for the Bar exam). So what I say is not advice. I do have a linguistics background, so I’m only clarifying the language of the law.

          1. Make sure you are eligible for a CoR. [PC 4852.03(a)]
          2. If eligible, do your charges qualify for registration relief? Assuming yes: a granting of CoR between any time up to and including June 30, 2021 WILL relieve you of the duty to register.

          On July 1, 2021 and thereafter (as the law is written) the granting of a CoR will NOT relieve you of the duty to register.

          This is somewhat similar to what happened with the expungement PC1203.4. There was a time when that was all you need to be relieved of registration. That is no longer the case, but you can still be granted expungement with the court reminding you to continue registering. This will likely be the case with CoR post 7/1/2021. You can be granted the CoR but you must continue to register. You would just have to file a petition for removal (a CoR would be a good document to have when petitioning or vice versa…petitioning first would be good documentation to show rehabilitation).

          You may ask, what would be the purpose if registration is still required? Well, you can earn a state license for employments that require it. It may also serve as documentation that you are not a danger to society.

          Consider the expungement. Why do it if you still have to register? Well for some, it means no longer being published on the website. It means not showing up on some background checks. It means answering no on employment applications when asked about convictions. Although this has now been removed since the “ban the box” law went to effect earlier this year.

          Hope this analysis helps.

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