The current number of individuals required to register in the state of California exceeds 110,000 for the first time, according to a presentation made during today’s CA Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) meeting. The total number is 110,003 which includes 77,895 individuals who are living in the community as well as 22,379 in state prisons and 953 in a state hospital. The number of individuals in county jails and other locations is unknown.
“The rate at which the registry continues to grow in California is alarming,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “California residents now constitute more than 10 percent of the total number of individuals required to register in the entire nation.”
According to different presenters at the board meeting, there are currently 6,409 registrants who live in the community, but who have no fixed address and are considered “transients”. Of that total, there are 1,577 “transients” who are in violation due to failure to register. In addition, there are 6,179 registrants on parole of which 3,303 are considered high risk.
The future implementation of the Tiered Registry Law, which is scheduled to become effective in 2021, was discussed briefly during the CASOMB meeting. The CA Department of Justice is currently discussing implementation in statewide “stakeholder meetings” limited to law enforcement officers and judges. The agency may meet with criminal defense attorneys and civil rights organizations at a later time. As part of its implementation of the new law, the CA Department of Justice expects to hire 60 new employees.
Also during the CASOMB meeting, the results of recently completed research regarding women who are required to register was released. There are currently 1,699 women on the state’s registry and of that total, there were 77 women who committed a subsequent sex offense. Because of the low re-offense rate, the author of the research concluded that all women on the registry should be treated as low risk.
Finally, a report was presented regarding an in-prison treatment program at Corcoran State Prison for some of the inmates required to register. The program began in 2016 and inmates who have less than 13 months remaining to serve, have a Static 99 score of 4 or higher, and are not serving an indeterminate term are mandated to attend. So far, a total of 158 inmates have completed the program. Because the program is considered to be successful, plans are being made to expand it to other prisons.