The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB), during its monthly meeting today, reported changes in the registrant community. Among those changes is a slight decrease in the total number of registrants to 108,106. Of that total, there are 82,526 registrants who are not in custody including 18,565 in violation for failure to register and 6,994 who are homeless.
“Although no reason was given regarding the small reduction in the total number of registrants, it is logical to believe that the reduction is based upon a large number of people reported to be moving out of the state of California,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.
Also during today’s CASOMB meeting, it was reported that there are 7,263 registrants who are currently required to wear a GPS device. All registrants, while on parole, are required to wear a GPS device for 24 hours a day and to recharge the devices twice each day.
CASOMB added two new members to its board: Heather Bowlds who represents the Juvenile Justice Department of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as well as Guillermo Viera who represents the Department of Adult Parole Operations within CDCR.
Absent from today’s meeting was a meaningful discussion of the Tiered Registry Law that became effective last month. The only person who mentioned that law was Kerry Ramos, who represents the Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Ramos stated only that the office she represents is currently training “end users” such as local law enforcement officials regarding implementation of the Tiered Registry Law and that the office has begun hiring additional employees for the “termination unit” expected to assist with the petitioning process that begins on July 1, 2021.