The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) discussed two major topics today during its monthly meeting — implementation of the Tiered Registry and continued increases to the number of individuals required to register.
During the meeting, the board members were told that the California Department of Justice (DOJ) will assign all individuals required to register to a tier under the Tiered Registry Law. Information regarding the tier assignments will be sent electronically by DOJ to local law enforcement agencies no later than January 1, 2021. Registrants must request their tier assignment from the local law enforcement agency where they register after that date.
According to one CASOMB member, the County of Los Angeles estimates that at least 1,700 people in that county will petition for removal from the registry on July 1, 2021, the first day petitions can be filed. The board member expressed concern that there may not be adequate resources to review 1,700 petitions within 60 days as required by the Tiered Registry Law.
Due to a strong expression of interest about implementation of the Tiered Registry during today’s meeting, the leader of CASOMB asked CA DOJ to make an expanded formal presentation to the board on this topic in the near future.
Also during the meeting, CASOMB members reported that the number of registrants continues to increase albeit at a slower pace than was reported last month. The total number of people required to register in California is 109,627, an increase of about 250 during the past month. Of that total, there are 79,212 registrants who are in the community, that is, who are not in custody, including 6,772 registrants who are homeless. In addition, it was reported that there are 16,819 registrants who are in violation due to their failure to register.
Another CASOMB member reported that there are a total of 117,479 people in custody in the state of California. In addition, it was reported that there are 6,517 registrants on parole.