The CA Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) will soon release the results of a 10-year study on recidivism rates for those convicted of a sex offense, according to a CASOMB member. The study is expected to include topics such as the number of people convicted of indecent exposure who later committed a sex contact offense. According to the board member, a preliminary copy of the report reveals that number is zero out of a group of more than 300 people.
During today’s CASOMB meeting, several additional reports were issued including a report from the CA Department of Justice (CA DOJ) representative who stated that there are currently 105,825 people on the state’s sex offender registry. Of that total, about 77,000 are living in the community while the remaining number of registrants are incarcerated and/or institutionalized in a state hospital. There are about 6,500 transient registrants of which about 1,500 (23 percent) are “in violation” for failure to register. The total number of people who are “in violation” is about 16,500 (15.6 percent).
The Department of Adult Parole Operations reported today that there are a total of 5,971 registrants who are currently required to wear a GPS unit. About half of the registrants wearing GPS units are considered to be “high risk” because they have a Static-99R score of 4 or higher.
The State Department of Hospitals reported today there are 944 sexually violent predators (SVP’s) who are currently institutionalized. The annual cost of institutionalizing each person designated as an SVP is at least $205,000. The annual cost increases to $310,000 after an SVP is conditionally released from the hospital. There are two or three SVP’s who have recently been released as transients and additional releases are expected. The annual cost of each SVP released as a transient is $653,000.