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.