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CA: Number of Registrants Decreases Slightly

The number of Californians who are required to register has decreased slightly, according to a report made during today’s meeting of the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB). The CASOMB reported earlier this year a total of 109,627 registrants and today the board reported that there are about 500 few registrants. Specifically, the board reported today that there are 109,178 individuals who are required to register in the state of which 81,778 live in the community, that is, are not in custody. Of that total, there are 18,116 individuals who are in violation for failure to register (22 percent). In addition, there are 6,957 registrants who are homeless and of that number, there are 1,754 registrants in violation (25 percent).

Although CASOMB did not explain the slight decrease in the number of registrants, it is possible that registrants moved out of state voluntarily or were involuntarily deported. The state of California does not retain on its registry anyone who has permanently left the state for any reason.

According to the CASOMB member who represents the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ), the agency is continuing its efforts to assign individuals to tiers in preparation for the Tiered Registry Law that is scheduled to take effect in 2021. The agency is currently conducting webinars for law enforcement only regarding the Tiered Registry Law and plans to expand webinars in early 2021 for other government officials.

During the meeting, the California Department of Corrections (CDC) reported that the number of individuals in custody has decreased from 110,136 in June to 95,886 in September. This is the lowest number of people in custody in 20 years, according to the CDC representative. As a result, the state’s prisons are at 106.9 percent of capacity which compares to a court-mandated limit of 137.5 percent of capacity. The significant decrease in the prison population is due to early releases related to the spread of COVID in the state’s prisons. Most of the early programs, however, exclude anyone convicted of a sex offense.

In a report regarding pending legislation, a CASOMB staff member stated that September 30 is the last day on which the Governor can sign a bil into law. He also said that new members of the legislature will be sworn in on December 7 and that the newly constituted legislature will conduct operations beginning the first week of 2021.

During the meeting, CASOMB President Nancy O’Malley noted the recent death of CASOMB member and Superior Court Judge Brett Morgan. Juvenile Court Judge Kimberly Nystrom-Geist of Fresno was added to the board this month as Judge Morgan’s replacement. The board also added psychologist Charles Flinton as a new member today.

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  1. Jack

    Um, without going into too many details, I’ve met with Dr. Flinton personally in the past. He is a certified, quack. This is not good. At all.

  2. David

    @ Jack: I had the dubious pleasure of listening in on the CASOMB Meeting today. During the Board’s discussion of polygraph providers, I was surprised to hear a Board Member (who was presenting a report on polygraph services and providers), herself describe polygraphy as “not really a ‘science’ science” – an overt acknowledgement that polygraphy is a pseudo science (not unlike parapsychology, ESP research, and ghost-busting!)
    Honestly, after that discussion, I was surprised they didn’t next discuss whether Star Trek Next Generation was more realistic than Star Wars or whether Wolverine was better than Iron Man. 🙄
    They adjourned the meeting when the teacher rang the bell to end recess. 😆😂

    • Jack

      @David, that’s a step in the right direction at least.
      @Tp, you really don’t want to know. Point is he’s completely nuts.

      • David

        All the CASOMB Board members seemed to represent groups with vested interested in continuing and extending the entire sex offender program’s regime.

    • Bluewall

      I can agree that the polygraph is pseudo science. I was polygraphed 12 times and all 12 times I confessed to JFK’s death and passed. Granted his death was a decades before my birth. Prosecution and treatment both pretend that my polygraph happened and unconclusive, it was great times with my parole officer for 6 years and the annual polygraph..

  3. Anonymous

    These stats are telling. At least 22% of registrants are in violation. With a compliance rate so low, why do they think the registry has any value? Do they care why citizens fall out of compliance? If these individuals were all out committing sex offenses, California would cry that they’re being overrun by a crime wave, but of course that’s not happening. Perhaps having an amnesty day in order get everyone’s files current would be the best way to cut down this number significantly. Of course, abolishing the registry altogether would certainly fix it quite nicely! 😉

    Persons convicted of sex offenses also comprise almost 30% of the current prison population. That’s quite a hefty bill for the taxpayers ($2,219,400,000…yes, that’s over 2 BILLION dollars). Here’s what CA could have had, but didn’t because of their insatiable thirst for mass incarceration:

    – Buy the White House property with money to spare (but I’m sure lobbyists already have that one cornered however)
    – Purchase two major league baseball teams (although you may be able to get them for a bargain this year)
    – Provide $8,436 in assistance to each of the 263,058 homeless public school students in CA each year.
    – Send a manned spacecraft to land on the Moon
    – Build a Hyperloop between LA and San Francisco (in 4 years)

    Of course some of these incarcerated persons really do need to be locked up, but how many are incarcerated solely for technical or administrative violations of the registry? How many are locked up due to bait-and-switch sex stings where there was no actual crime and no victim? For that matter, how much does LE spend to administer and manage the registrations of 109K individuals every year? What if they did catch all 19K registry absconders and locked them up for failure to register? Not including investigation, apprehension and court costs, the incarceration alone would cost perhaps another $4.8 billion or more.

    Apparently, California is a fool’s paradise!

  4. Fthem

    This is a silly/pathetic ploy to stall, stop, and fool Us from progress toward change…Nothing more !

  5. AERO1

    The slight decrease probably most likely come from them finally doing their job im guessing its got something to do with the new tier law that goes into effect next year.
    Their just Combing through the sexofender list placing offenders in their so called designated tier’s and realizing most of them are dead or deported or moved out of state ..

    Good luck

    • Janice Bellucci

      When I wrote this article yesterday, I forgot to include another reason that the number of registrants has decreased and that is death. It’s possible that some of the 500 people not on the state’s registry have died of COVID or another cause.

      • New Person

        Will the state release the data on the reduction?

        1. Moved out of state (doesn’t matter where)
        2. Re-incarcerated (they don’t count these people since they’re back in custody)
        3. Death
        4. Earn the CoR/Pardon

        Is there anything other option?

        Thanks in advance!

  6. Dustin

    Waiting for the “Oh my God, 500 sex offenders are walking around California without registering” panic story…

  7. Brian

    Did they discuss Barr’s new proposed guidelines?

    • David

      @ Brian: No, they did not. I specifically asked that question of the Chair before they adjourned, but they hadn’t looked at Barr’s new proposed rules. They said something about addressing it at the next meeting (a couple months from now)…… at which point, addressing the proposed rules will be useless because the comment period will have already ended.
      I had also emailed this question to them several days before their board meeting took place. (Frankly, it seemed they just didn’t give a shiz. As would be expected from vested interests.)

    • Janice Bellucci

      The CASOMB members did not discuss the proposed SORNA regulations during their entire meeting. At the end of the meeting, CASOMB opened its meeting up for comments and questions from the public. At that time an ACSOL board member (not me) asked what position CASOMB would take regarding those regulations. Many hemmed and hawed before admitting that they have not read the proposed regulations. The same ACSOL board member then reminded CASOMB that the deadline to comment upon the regulations was soon approaching. No one person or organization represented in that meeting stated he or she planned to submit a comment.

      • JC

        Would their comments on the proposed deadlines have any potentially positive effect?
        As it stands is it very likely that the proposed regulations are going to go through? And if they go through does that, in effect, cancel out the upcoming tiered registry changes for California?

  8. Saddles

    Appology accept. Sure we can all appology, forgive, forget, .. even what day it is at times,but actually Janice made a good point. See God never forgets. My sister and I gotten into it at times in my early stages of this sex offender ordeal we are all going thru. And yes my sister said they are only doing their job.. She was refering to my probation plus there are other issues that are a bit out of line.

    Course she know’s much of this registry is wrong. I was just as upset also We went back and forth and than I said something to her she didn’t quite understand. What I said to her is “Let God fight your battles” she sounded like Will Allen, she didn’t know where I was coming from.

    See basically with much of this sex registry it all comes down to two wrongs don’t make a right and yes constitution principals and also biblical principals should be in check. Thats my viewpoint., but look how the nation has strayed. Look at this discrimination or did our Government of my state say I have even forgot my mask once when he was adressing VA.

    Sure the person coming into the sex registry doesn’t know where to turn many times and is just as dark about a lot of this issue of the sex registry. Yes, Janice is here to help and also guide in the ways of constutional law.

    See bible principal still holds a house divided cannot stand. I’m sure many don’t like this leg restraint issue, house visits, and things of that nature but to actually have true justice you have to also have divine Justice or can anyone still keep the Old testament?

  9. Notorious D.I.K. / Kennerly

    This decrease in California Registrants comes at the same time as there is the greatest flight ever of Californians from California. I’m surprised that the registration numbers are not lower, still.

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