The California Department of Justice has issued an Information Bulletin directing law enforcement agencies how to remotely register individuals convicted of a sex offense. The information in the bulletin is being issued to provide guidance regarding implementation of the Governor’s Executive Order issued on May 8.
According to the Information Bulletin, law enforcement officials are to confirm all data fields on the registration forms. They are then to sign the registration form noting that the form was “completed on behalf of and with consent of” the registrant. The Information Bulletin states clearly that law enforcement are not to take the photos or fingerprints of any registrant.
“This is a significant step in the right direction,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein. “Law enforcement agencies that follow the guidance provided in the Information Bulletin will help stop the further spread of the coronavirus by discontinuing in-person registration.”
There are a total of seven cases pending in California’s state and federal courts challenging in-person registration. The impact of this Information Bulletin on the pending cases, if any, is not known at this time. Of that total, five cases are now pending in California Superior Courts that were filed during the week of March 23 against the City of Murietta, the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Sacramento. The sixth case case was filed in the California Supreme Court on April 1 and the seventh case was filed in federal district court on April 28.
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