The number of individuals required to register as a sex offender in the state of California continues to grow rapidly, according to the CA Sex Offender Management Board. The current number of registrants in the state is 108,970, an increase of about one thousand people in only five months.
“The rapid growth in the number of registrants in California must stop,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “A significant part of this growth is made up of individuals convicted of offenses involving unlawful images, including teens who are viewing photos of their peers.”
Of the total number of registrants in the state, there are about 70,698 who have been released from custody and are currently living in the community. Of that total, there are 16,582 who are “in violation”, primarily because they no longer reside at the address provided to law enforcement. In addition, there are 6,778 individuals who are considered “transients” because they are homeless. All “transient” registrants are required to register with law enforcement every 30 days.
The number of registrants on parole in California is currently 6,414 and each of those individuals is required to wear a GPS device every day, 24 hours a day, that tracks their location. GPS devices must be charged twice a day and each charge takes about an hour.